Morodok Techo National Stadium under construction.
PHNOM PENH, Sept. 8, 2020: The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee held a meeting on September 1 to plan the 32nd SEA Games, which will be held in Phnom Penh.
The meeting, chaired by Permanent Vice President and Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, set out three main agendas relating to intellectual property protection, organizing the work calendar to determine work efficiency, and choosing venues to cater to different sporting events.
Potential venues will include the National Heritage Stadium and the National Olympic Stadium, however discussions are ongoing.
Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, says that the organization has been running smoothly leading up to the games.
“The organizers have worked hard to meticulously plan the event. Their combined work has already led to successful marketing and advertising, which has helped finalise the games’ logos and mascots,” Chamroeun said.
“The overall progress has gone smoothly despite COVID-19. We are currently working towards specific goals and assessing what is to be expected before and after the event,” he added.
“We are looking to implement our plans in 2021 when the budget will be firmly established. Most of the current work has been focused on communications and marketing so we haven’t found out how much we will be spending or the expected revenue yet,” he said.
The 32nd SEA Games will be the Kingdom’s first time hosting an international sporting event, which Khon has said will be a “historic success”.
Ambitious construction plans are underway in preparation for the event. This involves a $2 million stadium constructed in Kampong Speu, a swimming pool in Koh Thom, an international swimming pool in Battambang province, and a huge TV antenna to be the games’ broadcasting hub.
The new national stadium, Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, is set to be constructed by the end of the year at an estimated cost of $170 million, which has been funded via a Chinese grant.
The stadium will span over 16.22 hectares of the 85-hectare Sports Complex, surrounded by Angkor-style moats. It is designed to resemble a ship, to symbolise years of longstanding friendship with China and the Maritime Silk Road.
The sporting infrastructure features 55,000 seats and will be adorned with Rumdul flowers, Cambodia’s national symbol. Each end will be embellished with 99 metre tall prows, mimicking the ‘Sampeah’ gesture taking inspiration from Khmer culture.