SEA Games: Back from Hanoi, Cambodian Delegation Parades Across Phnom Penh

Cambodia has officially accepted the SEA Games flag as the host for the 32nd SEA Games event, which will be held from May 5 to 17. Photo by Yim Gechhour

For the first time in its history, Cambodia will host the multi-sports event from May 5 to 17, 2023

PHNOM PENH – With the 31st Southeast Asian Games coming to an end in Hanoi, Vietnam, on May 23, Cambodia has officially accepted the SEA Games flag as the host for the 32nd SEA Games event, which will be held from May 5 to 17, 2023. For the first time in the country’s history, the sport competition will take place in the capital city and four provinces (Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep), with the slogan “Sport: Live in Peace”. 

As a celebration, while Cambodian athletes come back from Vietnam, the SEA Games Flag Parade will start at 5:30 p.m. on May 24, starting from Phnom Penh International Airport, continuing on the Russian Federation Boulevard, turning right to Norodom Boulevard at Preah Ang Duong Hospital until reaching Independence Monument. The convoy will then turn right on Preah Suramarit and Preah Sihanouk Boulevards until reaching the Olympic Stadium and the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) office.

After 12 days, from May 12 to 23, 2022, the 31st SEA Games was wrapped up at the Hanoi Indoor Games Gymnasium in Vietnam on the evening of May 23, 2022.

The closing ceremony was presided over by the Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh, Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) chairman, together with ministers, ambassadors and chairman of the mission from other regional countries.

Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, NOCC president and permanent vice president of CAMSOC, along with NOCC Secretary-General Vath Chamroeun, ceremonially accepted the Southeast Asian Games flag from the Vietnamese side.

During the sport contest, Vietnam wrapped up its hosting duty, ranking first with a total of 446 medals (205 golds, 125 silvers and 116 bronzes). Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia are next in line with three-digit numbers for total medals and two-digit numbers for gold medals.

 Next come Myanmar and Cambodia, ahead of Lao, Brunei and East Timor. Cambodia ranks eighth out of 11, earning a total of 63 medals with 9 golds, 13 silvers and 41 bronzes. It is the best performance Cambodia has done in the SEA Games since its first participation in 1961. 

The NOCC also calls on the people to support and congratulate the arrival of the SEA Games flag for Cambodia as the host of 2023 SEA Games and cheer for the gold, silver and bronze medalists during the parade.



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