Prime Minister: Sports play a huge role in international cooperation

Jul 11, 2022

Cambodia 2023 will reflect on the reflected the solidarity, friendship, and cooperation among the governments and people of ASEAN says Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

He was speaking at the launch of the ASEAN Para Sports Federation and SEA Games Federation meetings at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh earlier today. For the first time ever, Cambodia is hosting the meetings of the two federations concurrently from 11-13 July 2022 to discuss the action plan towards the two biennial Games.

Cambodia will host the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games next year for the first time. The 300-day countdown to the historic events is already ticking down.

“2022 and 2023 are big years for Cambodia. Sports play a big role in international cooperation. The SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games have reflected the solidarity, friendship, and cooperation among the governments and people of all the members,” said Hun Sen.

“Sports is also each nation’s heritage and gives us valuable experiences. These international sport events can also promote the love and support of sports from each nation.

The SEA Games would be held in five different provinces including in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kep and Kempot. As for the ASEAN Para Games, all competitions would be held at the iconic Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.

“Sports also make us healthy and helps increase economic productivity. People with good health are likely to have great opportunity to grab knowledge and new technology that can develop human resources.

“In addition to this, health can create happiness that makes a positive impact on economy productivity.

“All in all, physical education and health play a huge role in strengthening our physical health and mental health that leads to happiness in a family.”

Following the Prime Minister’s speech on the opening day of the meeting, delegates from both Federations also made site visit to the various locations identified for the competitions.