Cambodian national martial arts of Kun Bokator will be among the forty sports confirmed by the South East Games Federation (SEAGF) Council to be competed at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia next year.
It will be the highest number of sports to be competed being confirmed for any nation hosting the Games for the first time since 1977.
Brunei, Vietnam and Laos included 21, 32 and 29 sports respectively when they first hosted the Games. This year’s Games in Vietnam will also see 40 sports being competed.
Cambodia could still see an increase in the number of sports if request for sports like Pencak Silat is accepted at the SEAGF Council meeting, expected to be held in June this year, in Phnom Penh.
As is the norm both the compulsory sports of Athletics and Aquatics would lead the sports confirmed for Cambodia 2023. While Vietnam had dropped water polo from their aquatics discipline in Hanoi, the sport will make a return in Phnom Penh.
A total of 28 sports has been confirmed under Category II, which will see a mixture of Olympic, Asian as well as traditional sports.
Chess will see the inclusion of three formats including Ok Chaktrong and Xiangxi. Similarly for fans of multi-discipline races, triathlon, duathlon as well as aquathlon has been included.
While there will be no velodrome cycling events at the Games, both the Road Race and Mountain Bike disciplines have been included.
In gymnastics both the Aerobic and Artistic disciplines have been included, but there will be no place for rhythmic gymnastics.
Under Category III, popular and fast rising e-Sports together with Jetski has been given the nod apart from Kun Bokator. Martial Arts Korea will also make its debut at the Games.
Several sports including cricket, equestrian, pencak silat, obstacle race have not been included and will have to wait for the next meeting to know their fate.
Also confirmed during the meeting were the hosts of both the 2027 and 2029 edition of the SEA Games.
Meanwhile no decisions has been made on the hosts of the 2027 and 2029 Games. The decision will only be made at the next council meeting
CATEGORY I: Athletics (Track and Field, Marathon); 2. Aquatics (Swimming, Diving, Water Polo)
3. Badminton, 4. Basketball (5×5 and 3×3), 5. Boxing, 6. Billiards, 7. Cycling (Road Race and MTB), 8. Canoe and rowing (inc Traditional Boat Race), 9. Chess (Ok Chaktrong, Asean and Xiangxi), 10. Dance Sports, 11. Fencing, 12. Football, 13. Golf, 14. Gymnastics (Aerobic and Artistic), 15. Hockey (inc Indoor), 16. Judo, 17. Karate, 18. Muay, 19. Petanque, 20. Sailing, 21. Sepak Takraw (inc Chinlone), 22. Soft Tennis, 23. Tennis, 24. Table Tennis, 25. Taekwondo WT, 26. Triathlon (Including Aquathlon and Duathlon), 27. Volleyball, 28. Wrestling, 29. Weightlifting, 30. Wushu
CATEGORY III: 31. Arnis, 32. Body Building, 33. E-sports, 34. Floorball, 35. Jiujitsu, 36. Jetski, 37. Kick Boxing, 38. Kun Bokator, 39. Vovinam, 40. Martial Arts Korea