No Ticket, No Entry for SEA Games: PM

People seen queing for free ticket for football match. Photo: Heak Chhork

PHNOM PENH — Prime Minister Hun Sen has told people who don’t have tickets for the SEA Games not to rush in or climb fences to watch football matches.

Doing so would portray an inappropriate image of Cambodia, he said when he met the Cambodian sports delegation to the Games on May 1.

He suggested the spectators watch the matches on big screens showing sports live in Phnom Penh at Wat Botum Park, the park in front of Metro Hassakan, in Borey Peng Huoth Boeng Snor, Friendship Park near the Ministry of National Defense, Institute of Forest and Wildlife Research and Development, Preah Neang Pracha Barami Park and Democracy Square, near Russey Keo flyover.

Provinces such as Kandal, Kep, Sihanoukville, Battambang, Pursat, Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey, and Svay Rieng also have live coverage.

The PM urged those who cannot attend the matches to pass on their tickets so that everyone has a chance to enjoy the events. He also called on spectators to maintain their dignity for the country’s reputation.

The Games started on April 29, before the official opening, with men’s football.  Indonesia met the Philippines and Cambodia met Timor-Leste.  Thirty thousand tickets were distributed free on May 1 for Cambodia vs Philippines and Myanmar vs Timor-Leste on May 2.

The PM appealed to people to not rush to watch the sports without a ticket.

He added that the SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games, which Cambodia is hosting until May 17, were an opportunity for the world to know Cambodia and a long-term investment for the country.

The official opening and closing ceremonies as well as competitions will be held at the Morodok Techo National Stadium.

According to organisers CAMSOC, athletes will compete in 37 sports across 584 disciplines.

Cambodia will also host the 12th ASEAN Para Games from June 3 to June 9.

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