Cambodia will host the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh from May 5 to 17. The SEA Games, one of the most important sporting events in the world, will bring together more than 5,000 athletes from 11 countries in Southeast Asia (population over 675 million). This is the first time Cambodia has hosted this historic biennial multi-sport event.
Athletes will compete in 589 events across 38 disciplines, including football, gymnastics, golf, martial arts, e-sports and aquatics. The match will take place around the purpose-built 60,000-seat Morodok Techo National Stadium in Khan Chroy Changvar, just outside the capital, Phnom Penh. The area has become a multifunctional satellite city hosting numerous sporting events.
His Excellency Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and Chairman of the Council of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF), said: “My highest respect goes out to all those who compete in the SEA Games. I look forward to welcoming the athletes , coaches, officials and all international guests come to our beautiful purpose-built Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh and welcome to the Kingdom of Miracles Cambodia. I have no doubt that we will prove to the world that Southeast Asian athletes can compete at the highest level .”
Cambodian businessman, philanthropist and owner of WorldBridge International Mr. Rithy Sear oversaw the development of the 35,000-hectare WorldBridge Sports Village, Southeast Asia’s first large-scale Sports Village project featuring more than 6,000 thoughtfully designed apartments, residences, The shopping center and sports museum are adjacent to the Morodok Techo National Stadium.
Mr Seale said, “Athletes and coaches of the 32nd Cambodia SEA Games will experience world-class living and training facilities, ensuring they are well rested, exercising and eating healthy. I am proud that WorldBridge Sports Village will Leaving a lasting legacy in Cambodia, offering residential and commercial real estate just a stone’s throw from Phnom Penh.”
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will hold the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games on May 5, 2023.
Senior Minister of Public Works and Transport HE Sun Chanthol will collect the SEA Games torch at the Cambodia-Laos border on April 27, before carrying the torch to Phnom Penh for a 5km run.
The slogan of the 32nd SEA Games is “Sport: Live in Peace”. The Olympic logo represents Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most famous tourist attraction and UNESCO heritage site.
The first Southeast Asian Games was held in Bangkok in 1959, and 500 athletes from 6 countries participated in 12 events. The Games are governed by the Southeast Asian Games Federation and supervised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
The 2023 ASEAN Para Games will be held at the Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh from June 3-9, 2023.