Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, this morning reiterated his call to his compatriots to jointly promote the 100-day countdown toward the 32nd SEA Games and the 12th ASEAN Para Games to fall this Wednesday.
“From Jan. 25 onward, we have to make it (the countdown) a national campaign,” the Premier said while presiding over the graduation ceremony of almost 7,000 students of the Cambodian University for Specialties (CUS) in Phnom Penh.
Joint participation from all stakeholders is needed for the success of the forthcoming regional sports event as the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in 2021 and the ASEAN Summits and Related Meetings in 2022, he stressed.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen said His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, will grant the SEA Games Fire in March in Siem Reap, a former capital of Cambodia.
“The royal sports fire ceremony will be held on Mar. 21 which coincides with the natural phenomenon when the sun rises over the central tower of the Angkor Wat Temple (Equinox),” said H.E. Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) and Cambodian ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC) early this month.
As planned, the sports fire will be run around the small circuit of the Angkor Archaeological Park before flying to the Philippines and other ASEAN member countries.
The sports fire will then head to Laos and continue around Tonle Sap River of Cambodia till May 5, 2023 when the country will officially launch the SEA Games-ASEAN Para Games 2023 at Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Thirty-seven (37) sports and a demonstration sport have been officially listed for the SEA Games 2023 and other 13 for the 12th ASEAN Para Games.
Cambodia will host the 32nd SEA Games and the 12th ASEAN Para Games from May 5 to 17, 2023 and from Jun. 1 to 10, 2023 respectively, under the motto “Sport: Live in Peace”.