Ahead of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) to be hosted by Cambodia, a high-level meeting of the SEA Games Federation Council, attended by representatives from all nations of the ASEAN, will be held in Phnom Penh from July 11 to 13.
The Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) and the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) will host the meeting on the biennial multi-sport event, with the council’s sister event – the ASEAN Paralympic Games – taking place will run parallel.
CAMSOC officials confirmed that Prime Minister Hun Sen will deliver special opening remarks to ASEAN representatives to ensure they receive the warmest of welcomes ahead of the historic hosting of the year’s Games. next by the Kingdom.
“On the opening day of the meeting, July 11, [Hun Sen] will make a special statement and welcome delegates from member nations of both Games Councils. He will also talk about Cambodia’s great potential as a host,” said CAMSOC Secretary General Vath Chamroeun.
The CAMSOC Standing Committee held a special meeting on June 22 under the chairmanship of Tourism Minister Thong Khon – in his capacity as NOCC Chair and CAMSOC Standing Vice Chair – to prepare for the board meeting next month.
At the first council meeting, which was held in Siem Reap last April, Cambodia made great progress and brought the sport of Bokator into the SEA Games for the first time. The majority of representatives at the meeting also agreed to include 39 other sports in next year’s games.
As host country, Cambodia will submit an agenda for the meeting, which will include any additions or changes to the sports programming for the 2023 games.
Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh, in his capacity as CAMSOC Chairman, said all parties should ensure the meetings run smoothly and gain the support of all members.
“As a working strategy of CAMSOC, [Tea Banh] made recommendations to expedite our plans. A key CAMSOC strategy is to ensure that we have the clear support of all board members,” Chamroeun said.
“This is an important planning step. We want to get full support for our goals. Whether we want to add sports or change the format of part of the competition, we will need to make our point clear and simple. As the host of the meeting, I am sure that none of the member nations will have a problem acknowledging the points we will raise,” he added.
The 40 sports that were officially announced at the April meeting of the Federation Council of the SEA Games in Cambodia are athletics (track and field, marathon); Aquatic sports (swimming, diving, 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; Soccer; Golf; Gymnastics (Aerobic and Artistic); Hockey (including indoor); Judo; Karate; Muay; petanque; Sail.
The other 20 sports are Sepak Takraw (including Chinlone); Soft tennis; 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 ; Kun Bokator; Vovinam; and Korean martial arts.
Other sports, including cricket, equestrian and fencing, will have to await the council’s final decision at the July meeting.