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Olympic Committee lays out 2023 SEA Games strategy

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Thong Khon (left) speaks at the General Assembly of NOC of Cambodia. KT / Yeun Punlue

Officials from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) have laid out its strategic aims ahead of the regional Phnom Penh SEA Games 2023 which will be hosted in the kingdom.

Thong Khon, chairman of the NOCC, said speaking at the closing of last week’s General Assembly of NOCC 2018-2019 said that this year is one of great importance for Cambodia as SEA Games hosting duties near ever closer.

“Apart from promoting the development of human resources, especially capacity development, athletes and coaches of the NOCC have identified four major strategic milestones, said the Chairman. “The 2019 30th Manila SEA Games [and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo] form the first phase for Cambodia to build its competitiveness on an international stage.”

“[The second stage] the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2021, while the 2022 Asian Asian Games in Hangzhou, China is the final stage for which we must learn and benefit from the expertise of these [other hosting cities].”

Dr. Khon said the NOCC had identified common issues faced by problems of national sporting federations, including management issues, inaccessibility, and clear mechanisms. Some sporting federations lack adequate training facilities and equipment. While others require additional human resources, specialists, and coaches. A lack of funds also plagues many federations. While some suffer from technical problems due to lack of competition.

The General Assembly was also attending by Secretary General Vath Chamroeun and First Vice President Sao Sokha, among a raft of other officials.

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