Prime Minister opens SEAGF Council meeting in Cambodia

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The Southeast Asian Games Federation Council (SEAGF) has again met in Cambodia less than 300 days away from the next SEA Games.

The first SEAGF Council meeting for the 2023 SEA Games in Cambodia was held in Siem Reap from April 8-10.

The second meeting will start today at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, with more than 100 participants from Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos and Timor-Leste.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh, who is also chairman of the Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC), will grace the opening ceremony, according to the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC). Senior officials from the Olympic committees of the aforementioned countries are also expected to be present for the event.

The meeting will address another set of topics, while also following up on the issues previously discussed.

The environmental impact of hosting large-scale sporting events was one of the main topics discussed at the first meeting.

Delegates are also expected to decide which other sports will be included in upcoming SEA Games.

Three months ago, the SEAGF Council confirmed the first 40 sports that will be included in the 2023 Games, including athletics (track and field, marathon); Aquatic sports (swimming, diving and water polo); Badminton; Basketball (5×5 and 3×3); Boxing; Billiards; Cycling (road racing and mountain biking); canoeing and rowing (including traditional boat racing); Chess (Ok Chaktrong, Asean and Xiangxi); dance sports; Fencing; and Football,

Also on the list are Golf; Gymnastics (Aerobic and Artistic); Hockey (including indoor); Judo; Karate; Muay Thai; petanque; Sail; Sepak Takraw (including Chinlone); Soft tennis; Lawn tennis; Table tennis; Taekwondo WT; Triathlon (including Aquathlon and Duathlon); Volleyball; Struggle; Bodybuilding; Wushu; Arnis; Bodybuilding; electronic sports; Floorball; Jiu-Jitsu; Jet ski; Kick boxing; Martial Arts Korea; Kun Bokator; and Vovinam.

Cricket is among the sports awaiting the decision of the SEAGF Council. Also on the list are horseback riding, pencak silat and fencing.

A visiting delegation from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) was cautiously optimistic about the proposed inclusion of cricket in the upcoming SEA Games.

“We have received positive feedback from them. We hope for more positive news in the coming weeks,” said ACC Development Chair/Board Member Mahinda Vallipuram, referring to the NOCC.

The ACC lobbies for the inclusion of cricket, working with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Cricket Federations/Associations of the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Cambodia Equestrian Federation (CEF) is also hoping for last minute inclusion.

“No matter the outcome of the meeting, we have to be ready for the show jumping and long distance running events,” CEF president Tep Mona told local media.

The Host Country Olympic Committee makes the final decision in consultation with the other members of the SEAGF Board.

The SEA Games Cambodia 2023 will be held from May 5 to 16 under the slogan “Sport: Live in Peace”.

“We need to speed up our preparations as there are only 300 days left before the SEA Games,” said NOCC General Secretary Vath Chamroeun.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith also urged the media to help promote the upcoming Games.

The last meeting of the SEAGF Council will end on July 13th.

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