Cambodia lists 39 sports for 2023 SEA Games

Published April 11, 2022, 1:20 PM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Cambodia is listing 39 sports when it debuts as host of the Southeast Asian Games next year.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino disclosed this Monday following the SEA Games Federation meeting held over the weekend in Siem Reap.

The 32nd edition of the biennial meet is scheduled from May 5 to 16, a year after Vietnam hosts this year’s edition, with capital Phnom Penh as its main hub.

Centerpiece athletics and aquatics lead the sports program in Category I sports, while Category II sports are badminton, basketball (5×5 and 3×3), boxing, billiards, cycling (road and MTB), canoeing, rowing, chess (Ok Chaktrong, Asean and Xiangxi), dancesports, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (aerobic and artistic), hockey (including indoor), judo, karate, muay, petanque, sailing, sepak takraw (including chinlone), soft tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, traditional boat race, triathlon (including duathlon and aquathlon), volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting.

Grouped in Category III are arnis, bodybuilding, esports, jiu jitsu, jet ski, kickboxing, kun vocator, vovinam and martial arts Korea.

Under consideration, according to Tolentino, are water polo, cricket, shooting, wushu, floorball and obstacle sports.

“Cambodia is ready to host and they promised an excellent edition of the Games,” said Tolentino, who was joined in the meeting by POC Deputy Secretary General Bones Floro, triathlon head Tom Carrasco, volleyball chief and POC broadcast committee chair Ramon “Tats” Suzara, soft tennis’s Capt. Bob Moran and bowling legend Bong Coo representing women’s in sports.

With Cambodia as host in 2023, all Asean member nations – except for Timor Leste –have already hosted the biennial multi-sport games.