PH, Myanmar officials impressed with Cambodia sports facilities

Senior sports officials from Myanmar and the Philippines have been impressed with Cambodia’s sports facilities.

Valeriano Floro II, Assistant Secretary General for International Affairs of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Min Thein Zan, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Myanmar, said that sports facilities in the Kingdom, especially the Morodok Techo National Stadium, are comparable to those they have seen in the most developed countries.

Floro and Min, along with other attendees of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council meeting, visited Morodok Techo National Stadium, Olympic Stadium and other sports facilities around Phnom Penh two days ago.

Senior sports officials from Laos, Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia are also attending the SEAF Council meeting at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, which is due to take place finish today.

“It’s really exciting to see your facilities here – big buildings and beautiful stadiums and football pitches,” Myanmar’s sports minister said. “Myanmar looks forward to its participation in this historic event.”

Cambodia will host the SEA Games for the first time in its history from May 5-16, 2023. The Kingdom was scheduled to host the same event (then known as the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games) in 1963, but did not couldn’t do it. because of the political situation at the time.

“This morning I was listening to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s speech, where he said that Cambodia had waited over 64 years to host the Southeast Asian Games. I am also happy and excited for Cambodia and for the Cambodian people,” Min said.

Floro also expressed his admiration for the new stadium and other sports facilities.

According to the Philippine official, these facilities, especially the Morodok Techo National Stadium, are on par with sports facilities he has seen in many developed countries.

“And the most interesting part is this stadium (Morodok Techo Stadium). I have visited many developed countries. It’s similar to the stadiums there with all this modern equipment,” Floro pointed out.

Built with a $150 million grant from the Chinese government, the Morodok Techo National Stadium was officially opened in December 2021.

The new stadium can accommodate 60,000 seated spectators and includes an athletics track, an Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor sports complex, a hockey pitch, a cricket pitch, a football pitch, among other sports facilities. It sits on 16.22 hectares of land in Ly Yong Phat development area in Chroy Changvar.

Earlier this year, Morodok Techo National Stadium was ranked among the top ten stadiums in the world by StadiumDB.com, a leading authority on stadiums and related facilities around the world. The list also includes stadiums in the United States, Qatar, Romania, Spain, Germany, Cameroon, Ecuador and other countries.

Recently, the Cambodian government has also made improvements to the Olympic Stadium, including the renovation of a swimming pool to international standards.

The SEAGF Council meeting will conclude today with the presentation of progress reports from the 31st SEA Games Organizing Committee (Vietnam), the 32nd SEA Games Organizing Committee (Cambodia) and the 33rd SEA Games (Thailand).

The SEAGF Council will also confirm the host of the 36th SEA Games and is expected to announce the sports that have been added to the list of upcoming SEA Games in Cambodia.

Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister/President of CAMSOC, and Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism/Vice President of CAMSOC, will attend the closing ceremony and deliver remarks.

Richard F. Gandhi