MANILA, Philippines — Cambodia will present a showcase when it hosts the Southeast Asian Games for the first time next year, with 39 sports already on its competitive schedule.
According to the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Representative Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Cambodia showed its willingness to host next year’s event during a meeting of the Federation of SEA Games which took place in is held this weekend in Siam Reap.
“Cambodia is ready to host and they have promised a great edition of the Games,” said Tolentino, who was joined at the meeting by POC Deputy Secretary General Bones Floro, Triathlon Chief Tom Carrasco, Head of volleyball and POC broadcast committee chairman Ramon “Tats” Suzara, soft tennis captain Bob Moran and bowling legend Bong Coo representing women in sport.
Cambodia has scheduled the 32nd edition of the SEA Games for May 5-16 – a year after Vietnam hosts this year’s Games – with the capital Phnom Penh as its main hub.
Athletics and water sports, which are Category 1 sports, are on Cambodia’s schedule, while the men’s and women’s marathon will start and end at Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other category II sports are badminton, basketball (5×5 and 3×3), boxing, billiards, cycling (road and mountain bike), canoeing, rowing, Ok Chaktrong, Asean and Xiangxi), sports dance, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (aerobics and artistic), hockey (including indoor), judo, karate, muay thai, petanque, sailing, sepak takraw (including chinlone), soft tennis, table tennis , taekwondo, traditional boat racing, triathlon (including duathlon and aquathlon), volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting.
Grouped into category III are arnis, bodybuilding, esports, jiu jitsu, jet ski, kickboxing, kun vocator, vovinam, and Korean martial arts.
Under consideration, according to Tolentino, are water polo, cricket, shooting, wushu, floorball and obstacle sports.
With Cambodia as host in 2023, all ASEAN member countries – except Timor Leste – have already hosted the biennial multi-sport games.