Things to know about the 32nd SEA Games held in Cambodia

The flag of the Southeast Asian Sports Federation has been transferred to the host SEA Games 32 Cambodia at the closing ceremony of the 31st SEA Games took place at the Indoor Athletics Palace (Hanoi) on the evening of May 23.

This will be the first time that the Southeast Asian Games will be held in the country. In 1965, the right to organize the 3rd SEAP Games (the predecessor of the SEA Games) was transferred from Cambodia to Malaysia due to a number of reasons outside of sports.

In fact, Cambodia will not host the SEA Games in 2023. Previously, Brunei gave up the right to host the 30th SEA Games in 2019, the Philippines (expected to host in 2023) was pushed to replace it.

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The debut of the host of SEA Games 32 Cambodia in the closing ceremony of the 31st SEA Games (Photo: Hoang Anh)

Where is the 32nd SEA Games held?

The 32nd Regional Sports Day will take place mainly in the capital, Phnom Penh. As the largest and most populous city in Cambodia, it has adequate infrastructure to accommodate a multi-sport event like the SEA Games. Some of the co-hosting localities are Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep.

In December 2021, Morodok Techo stadium was inaugurated. With a capacity of 75,000 seats, full of function rooms, this will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and important sports such as athletics and football. Additionally, a watersports palace and a gymnasium are on-site.

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Morodok Techo Stadium will be the main stage of the 32nd SEA Games (Photo: Son Tung)

When does the 32nd SEA Games take place?

It is expected that the opening ceremony of the 32nd SEA Games will take place on May 5, 2023 and end with the closing ceremony on May 16, 2023. Some competitions may start as early as the opening day.

How many sports are there in SEA Games 32?

The host country Cambodia has announced 39 sports, divided into 3 categories. Category I includes two important Olympic sports, athletics and water sports (swimming, diving, diving).

Category II includes badminton, basketball (5×5 and 3×3), boxing, billiards, cycling (road and cross country), canoing, rowing, chess, dance sports, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, judo, karate, muay, billiards, rattan, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, traditional rowing, triathlon, volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting.

Category III includes stick martial arts, bodybuilding, esports, jiu jitsu, jet ski racing, kickboxing, bokator (Cambodian traditional martial arts), vovinam.

In addition, sports such as water polo, cricket, shooting, wushu, floorball, equestrian and obstacle sports are being considered.

What is the 32nd SEA Games logo and mascot?

At the closing ceremony of the 31st SEA Games, the next host Cambodia introduced the mascots for the SEA Games and Paragames 2023 as two rabbits Rumduol and Borey, both wearing traditional Khmer costumes.

The 32nd SEA Games logo includes a stylized image of the UNESCO world heritage site Angkor Wat, the ASEAN symbol and four Neak dragons (Naga in Pali, meaning purity) wrapped their tails together.

For the Khmer, the dragon is a symbol of peace, a bridge between the human realm and heaven, a symbol of powerful power to protect human life and property.

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Rabbit mascot Borey (blue – white) and rabbit Rumduol (red – white) with the logo of SEA Games 32

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Traditional Cambodian dragon boat

SEA Games slogan 32

“Sport: Live in Peace” (Sport: Live in Peace) will be the slogan of the Games in 2023.

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