Physical education and sports sector, and preparation for the SEA Games 2023


Cambodia, which hosts the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) for the first time in its history in 2023, is a proud opportunity for the Kingdom, an opportunity to demonstrate to the region and the rest of the world the prosperity and the peace enjoyed by the Kingdom.

Exactly 60 years after missing out on its first chance in 1963 due to the political situation at the time, Cambodia is gearing up to successfully host the regional sports extravaganza.

Held every two years with the aim of promoting sports in the region, as well as enhancing friendship and understanding among Southeast Asian nations, the SEA Games were first hosted by Thailand in 1959.

Preparing to host the 32nd SEA Games is one of the seven priorities of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS).

This article will examine the “National Physical Education and Sports Sector Development Policy” and the strategies formulated for the successful organization of SEA Cambodia 2023 Games.

The report “Physical education and sport in education, youth and sports performance during the 2020-2021 academic year and objectives for the 2021-2022 academic year”, as well as the results of Cambodian athletes at the 31st Games SEA in Vietnam will also be considered.

In accordance with the “National Physical Education and Sports Sector Development Policy”, there is a vision to enhance health and well-being, physical strength, determination, endurance, perseverance and resilience. ‘team spirit.

This aims to achieve excellent results in sports competitions at the international level and lead a healthy life.

The policy sets out the objectives of improving the right and opportunities to develop a culture of physical education and sport for all with the aim of:

• Develop sport for all;

• Develop the physical education and sports sector in all educational institutions and in the wider community;

• Support and develop all types of sport;

• Develop high-level sport;

• Develop the sports industry.

Minister of Education, Youth and Sports HE Dr Hang Chuon Naron practices yoga to celebrate International Yoga Day. PROVIDED

To achieve these objectives, 13 strategies have been defined to:

• Develop legal frameworks and mechanisms;

• Promote education, training and capacity building;

• Promote gender equity;

• Develop parasports;

• Develop physical infrastructure and equipment;

• Research and compile documents;

• Preserve the moral value of physical education and sport for all;

• Strengthen information and media systems;

• Strengthen the role of state and social sports organizations;

• Refine and strengthen competition structures;

• Strengthen international cooperation;

• Promote the sports industry.

To host the 32nd SEA Games in 2023, the MoEYS has launched a strategy towards the Cambodia Games in the new normal.

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Students represent their educational institutions at the sports competition in June. PROVIDED

This highlights the implementation of mechanisms towards 2023, identifying sports to be included in the Cambodia Games and outlining plans for human resource development.

These include training Cambodian athletes and disability sports teams to win medals both at home and abroad, recruiting foreign coaches, and formulating the 2023 medal strategy. .

The strategy for the 32nd SEA Games 2023 includes a number of measures, such as the vaccination of technical officials, coaches and athletes, the preparation of the national stadium and the construction of sports fields.

It also plans to prepare training courses for Cambodian coaches, to send athletes to train abroad and to provide nutrition adapted to the energy needs of each discipline.

The strategy calls on national sports federations to organize local competitions and the Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) to provide opportunities for participation in regional, continental and global events.

The 32nd SEA Games will feature 547 events in 40 different sports, with the main goals being the successful organization of the competition and securing more gold medals.

The 2023 Games – hosted by Cambodia with the motto “Sport: Live in Peace” – will take place from May 5 to 17, 2023, in six areas:

• Six sites in Phnom Penh;

• Angkor Wat and Phnom Kulen National Park in Siem Reap Province;

• Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville;

• Kep Beach;

• Kampot Nautical Center;

• Kirirom National Park in the province of Kampong Speu.

Cambodian athletes recently returned from competing at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam with improved results compared to the previous edition.

In Hanoi, Cambodia won a total of 63 medals including nine gold medals, 13 silver medals and 41 bronze medals, ranking eighth out of 11 competing nations.

At the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, Cambodia won four gold, six silver and 36 bronze medals.

This showed that the physical education and sports sector is growing with the support of coaches and athletes, as well as relevant partners in all fields and development partners.

Cambodia has set a goal to place fifth out of 11 participating countries at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia.

To host the SEA Games 2023, the Ministry of Education, CAMSOC, coaches, athletes and partners from all walks of life must come together.

All parties should cooperate and do their best to fulfill their duties and responsibilities in a professional and responsible manner to promote the physical education and sports sector in Cambodia.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports wants all athletes to achieve their goals and show strong results in the upcoming competitions as they prepare for the regional flagship sporting event next year.


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