The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) has announced that Cambodia Airways has offered to fly the Cambodian delegation to the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam free of charge.
Cambodia Airways’ offer came after Prime Minister Hun Sen asked the NOCC to make new plans to bring the delegation to Vietnam via special charter flights.
The Cambodian leader stressed the need for special planes to transport Cambodian athletes, coaches and other sports officials in light of the pandemic-related travel restrictions in Vietnam.
In addition to the existing restrictions, the Vietnamese Olympic Committee has also set different arrival dates for different sports.
The NOCC thanked Cambodia Airways for its assistance and said it would make the Cambodian delegation’s trip less stressful.
“They will be able to maintain their mental and physical health,” he said. “It will make them more effective as they look to win more medals in Vietnam.”
Cambodia is aiming for a bigger medal haul at the 2021 SEA Games, to be held May 12-23 in Hanoi and neighboring provinces.
Cambodia plans to send a delegation of 560 people to the 2021 SEA Games, including 363 athletes and coaches, 93 assistant coaches, 19 international referees, 22 team managers and 21 doctors.
According to the NOCC, the boxing, kickboxing, canoeing and soccer teams will be the first to depart from Phnom Penh International Airport on May 4. The administrative and press teams will also leave on the same day, local media reported.
NOCC Secretary General Vath Chamroeun revealed earlier that Cambodia will compete in 32 disciplines including boxing, karate, basketball, volleyball, sepak takraw, lawn tennis, table tennis, taekwondo , vovinam, fencing, dance sport and football.
The 2021 SEA Games will feature a total of 40 sports, according to Vietnamese media. There will be a total of 498 events, including 256 men’s events and another 242 women’s competitions.
More than 10,000 athletes, coaches, referees and other sports officials from Cambodia, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar and the Philippines visit in Vietnam for the upcoming SEA Games, which were originally scheduled to be held last year but were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cambodia Airways offers domestic and international flights to China, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong and other destinations. Its current fleet includes three Airbus A319-100s and three A320-200s.