The three-day 2018 National Swimming Championships concluded on Saturday at the Indoor Stadium and Aquatics Centre within the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.
An estimated 120 athletes from seven clubs, including the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, took part in the competition.
The Ministry of Interior won the bulk of medals, collecting 17 in total, including 8 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. Second place went to Ministry of Public Works and Transport who garnered 21 medals; seven gold, six silver, and eight bronze medals. Interior took top thanks to the virtue of winning more gold medals.
Sun Chanthol, senior minister at the Minister of Public Works and Transport and who also serves as President of the Cambodian Swimming Federation, presided over the final day of competition.
At the closing ceremony, Mr. Chanthol awarded medals to winners and athletes and advised them to work hard to prepare for the 2023 SEA Phnom Penh Games.
In an effort to increase the ability of Cambodian swimmers, a 20-strong Cambodian swimming delegation visited Japan under the 2018 Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) programme.
They received training with Japanese swimming athletes and a cultural exchange with students of the Tokushima Commercial High School in Tokushima Prefecture.
The final touches were put on the Indoor Stadium and Aquatics Centre within the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex 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.
It was reported last week, the swimming pool at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh is also set to undergo a $2 million renovation in a bid to meet international standards ahead of the 2023 SEA Games.