32nd SEA Games In Cambodia Impressed By International Journalists

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Phnom Penh, May 12, 2023 --

As the host of the 32nd SEA Games after waiting for 64 years, Cambodia has impressed the world at large as well as participating sports delegates, including international journalists with its warm hospitality and high-standard organisation of the games.

The Royal Government of Cambodia through the Cambodian SEA Games-ASEAN Para Games Organising Committees (CAMSOC-CAMAPGOC) had provided free entry for all spectators, free accommodation and food for sports delegates, and free broadcasting rights for media partners.

This reaffirms the Kingdom's commitment to hosting the sports to further boost regional unity and friendship.

SEA Games 2023 is welcoming over 12,400 athletes, coaches and staff from participating ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste, with over 2,000 journalists, of them 1,000 are national journalists, registered to cover the event.

In an interview with AKP, Mr. DucAnh Tran, a journalist from Vietnam's Ithethao.vn, appreciated good organisation and coordination by the host, stressing that "It is so perfect, as all facilities are well organised and Cambodian volunteers are friendly, welcoming and supportive."

Mrs. Kristel Anne SatumbagaVillar, a journalist from the Manila Press Unit, the Philippines, said that the organisation of the SEA Games is stunning and the government of Cambodia covers all expenditures for foreign athletes and transport for both participating athletes and journalists.

A Filipino journalist Mr. Misha Jacobs who experienced in SEA Games and Asian Games many times and work as a volunteer for IRP and SEA Games international communicator in 2019, highlighted the good organisation of the SEA Games in Cambodia, appreciating the sports infrastructures including the new stadium.

The journalists were also grateful for the host for supporting them in accessing, receiving and spreading the information on the games.

Cambodia is hosting the 32nd SEA Games from May 5 to 17 under the motto "Sport: Live in Peace". The regional athletes are set to compete in 37 sports with 581 events – 304 for men, 229 for women and 48 mixed.

The official opening ceremony of the 32nd SEA Games took place on May 5 under the presidency of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, and was also attended by international guests such as Laos President H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President Mr. Ng Ser Miang and Singapore National Olympic Council President Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin.

The ceremony took place at Morodok Techo National Stadium with over 70,000 spectators with impressive presentation.

Some 1,000 artists, 2,000 athletes, 5,000 law enforcement officials, 3,000 medical staff, and 5,000 volunteers support the organisation of the games.