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Olympic pool gets renovation

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Sun Chanthol, Minister for Public Works and Transport surveys plans for the Olympic Stadium swimming pool. Courtesy Ministry of Public Works and Transport – MPWT

The swimming pool at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh is set to undergo a $2 million renovation in a bid to meet international standards ahead of the 2023 SEA Games.

Speaking at Saturday’s ground breaking ceremony, Sun Chanthol, Minister for Public Works and Transport and President of the Khmer Swimming Federation, noted that the Olympic Stadium swimming pool had been in use for over 50 years and needed to be renovated if it was to meet international standards.

Also benefiting from the renovation will be federal offices, athlete accommodation, and related facilities.

He reiterated that the renovation, which will be undertaken by Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd, was part of the overhaul of Cambodia’s sporting venues ahead of the 2023 SEA Games which will be hosted in Phnom Penh. The minister revealed that the renovation would cost $2 million and would take between 7 to 8 months to complete.

The Federation also announced the organisation of the three-day 2018 National Swimming Championships, which will take place between November 1 and November 3 at the state-of-the-art Indoor Stadium and Aquatics Centre within the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.

The final touches were put on the centre in April 2017, putting an end to phase 1 construction of the estimated $150 million venue. The Morodok Techo National Sport Complex is located on an 85-hectare site 15 kilometres north of central Phnom Penh.

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