The Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council meeting held in Siem Reap from April 8-10 and attended by top sports officials from the participating countries concluded on Sunday. During the meeting, officials discussed issues related to the hosting of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the biennial sporting extravaganza involving the 11 nations of the region.
Cambodia SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) chairman, and Minister of National Defence, Tea Banh and co-president of the SEAGF Council and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) president Dr Thong Khon, who is also Minister of Tourism, were in attendance. NOCC and CAMSOC secretary-general Vath Chamroeun was also present.
The SEAGF Council confirmed that Cambodian national martial art Kun Bokator is to be among the 40 sports included at the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games to be held in the Kingdom next year.
Cambodia will – under the banner “Cambodia 2023” and with the slogan “Sport: Live in Peace”– be hosting the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games for the first time.
The environmental impact of organising such large sporting events was also discussed at length at the meeting, and both the SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games will now be part of the green initiative to be adopted by CAMSOC.
The Cambodia SEA Games commence next year on May 5. PHOTOS SUPPLIED