First Camdodia host to showcase 39 sports at SEA Games 2023

In this photo taken on Nov. 30, 2019, Cambodian athletes and officials march during the opening ceremony of the SEA Games (Southeast Asian Games) at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan province, north of Manila. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines—Hosting the Southeast Asian Games for the first time, Cambodia will feature 39 sports on its release party next year.

Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said on Monday that Cambodia announced the competition schedule at the just-concluded SEA Games Federation meeting in Siem Reap, the famous city for Angkor Wat, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“Cambodia is ready to host and they have promised a great edition of the Games,” said Tolentino, who graced the gathering of senior SEAG Federation officials with POC Deputy Secretary General Bones Floro, the triathlon manager, Tom Carrasco, and Head of Volleyball/POC Broadcast Committee Chairman Ramon. “Tats” Suzara.

The 32nd edition of the meeting of 11 nations took place from May 5 to 16 in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia and designated hub of the Games.

Cambodia’s hosting was scheduled a year after Vietnam’s May 12-23, after being postponed earlier last year.

According to Tolentino, athletics and water sports have been classified as Category 1 sports with the men’s and women’s marathon starting and ending at Angkor Wat as well as road and mountain biking.

Category 2 includes badminton, basketball (5×5 and 3×3), boxing, billiards, cycling (road and mountain bike), canoeing, rowing, dance sports, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (aerobics and artistic), hockey, judo, karate, muay thai, petanque, sailing, sepak takraw, soft tennis, table tennis and taekwondo.

Also included in the calendar of competitions of the same classification are triathlon, volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting and traditional boat racing.

Category 3 sports arnis, bodybuilding, esports, jiu-jitsu, jet ski, kickboxing, kun vocator, vovinam and Korean martial arts will be featured.

Tolentino said water polo, cricket, shooting, wushu, floorball and obstacle sports are under consideration.

Cambodia finally organizing the SEA Games, all ASEAN nations have already hosted the biennial meeting in turn, with the exception of Timor Leste.

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Teresa E. Burton