KUALA LUMPUR, April 10 – Cambodia is set to make history by hosting the SEA Games for the first time next year as it features 40 sports including its national martial arts of kun bokator.
The Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF), in a statement released today, said it would be the most sports featured by a country hosting the biennial Games for the first time since 1977.
Cambodia could still see an increase in the number of sports to be played if the request for other sports, including pencak silat, is accepted at the SEAGF Council meeting, which is expected to be held in June.
As usual, the two compulsory sports – athletics and aquatics – are at the top of the confirmed list for Cambodia 2023, which is the 32n/a edition of the Games.
Water polo, which was dropped from the aquatics discipline at next month’s Hanoi SEA Games in Vietnam, is set to make a comeback in Phnom Penh.
A total of 28 sports have been confirmed in category two, which will see a mix of Olympics, Asiad as well as traditional sports.
In the third category, popular and growing e-sports and jetskiing were hailed, as was kun bokator, while Korean martial arts will also make their debut at the Games.
Several sports, including cricket, horse riding, pencak silat and obstacle course, have not been selected and will have to wait until the next meeting to know their fate.
For the record, Brunei, Vietnam and Laos included 21, 32 and 29 sports respectively when they debuted as hosts of the SEA Games.
Here are the 40 sports that will be contested at the 2023 SEA Games in Cambodia:
Category 1: Athletics (athletics, marathon); Water sports (swimming, diving, water polo).
Category 2: Badminton; Basketball (5×5 and 3×3); Boxing; Billiards; Cycling (road racing and mountain biking); Canoeing and rowing (including traditional boat racing); Chess (Ok Chaktrong, Asean and Xiangxi); dance sports; Fencing; Soccer; Golf; Gymnastics (aerobics and artistic); Hockey (including indoor); Judo; Karate; Muay; petanque; Veil; Sepak Takraw (including chinlone); Soft tennis; Tennis; Table tennis; taekwondo; Triathlon (including aquathlon and duathlon); Volleyball; wrestling; Bodybuilding; Wushu.
Category 3: Arnis; Bodybuilding; electronic sports; Floorball; Jiu-Jitsu; Jet ski; Kick boxing; Kun Bokator; Vovinam; Korean martial arts. — Bernama