SEA Games’ Opening Ceremony Captures People’s Hearts

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia this morning expressed his satisfaction with the opening ceremony of the 32nd SEA Games and the 12th ASEAN Para Games last night, stressing that it captured the hearts of the Cambodian people, sports delegates from all countries, national and international guests.

Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen made the comments on his official Facebook page this morning.

The amazing arrangements and performances of artists allowed the world to know more about the glorious history of Cambodia in ancient times and the current progress of Cambodia, he added.

“SEA Games 2023 is a historical event that the Cambodians have waited for 64 years. Every Cambodian is very proud and excited to see such unprecedented great historical event,” the Cambodian Premier underlined.

“All Cambodians are the hosts of this great event, so please join hands to support [the event] with a smile, pride and national dignity,” Samdech Techo Hun Sen continued.

Tit Sophavattey, one of the over 60,000 Cambodian spectators at the Morodok Techo National Stadium, said the opening ceremony of the SEA Games-ASEAN Para Games 2023 was a fabulous and amazing event. “We cannot imagine how we can hold such a great opening ceremony,” she added. “I didn’t expect we could organise such amazing scenes at the Morodok Techo National Stadium yesterday.”

All the performances and shows at yesterday’s opening ceremony constitute a clear message to the region and the world that Cambodia now can hold any international and regional events, Sum Panha, a senior citizen said.

“I’ve never seen such a fabulous event before even though I didn’t have a chance to watch directly at the new stadium,” he said.

According to the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC), there are about 25 sports on today’s competition programme, including Boxing, Football, Kun Khmer, Kun Bokator, Pencak Silat, Sailing, Hockey, Volleyball, Jiu-Jitsu, Athletics, Obstacle Race, Triathlon, Cricket, Ouk Chaktrang (Chess), E-sports, Karate, Soft Tennis, Petanque, Vovinam, Swimming, Mountain Bike, Basketball, Sepak Takraw, and Teqball.

Cambodia has so far bagged eight gold medals in Kun Bokator, Jiu-Jitsu, Aquathlon, Vovinam, and Ouk Chaktrang (Chess), making the Kingdom temporarily at the top of the Medal Table.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse