The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) held a special meeting on December 13 to discuss and exchange views of their preparations for hosting the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF) council meeting. The meeting will be held in Phnom Penh from December 15-17.

At the invitation of Minister of Tourism and CAMSOC permanent vice-president Thong Khon, all concerned officials attended the meeting, including Yi Veasna, secretary-general of the National Paralympic Committee of Cambodia and deputy secretary general of CAMSOC, as he is the technical officer in charge of sports management for the Para Games in Cambodia.

“We organised this meeting to prepare for a special meeting between the APSF and the National ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee. In order to ensure the function goes smoothly, we needed to discuss our preparations,” said CAMSOC secretary-general Vath Chamroeun, who chaired the meeting on behalf of Khon.

He explained that the meeting assigned roles and provided instructions to the committees which will be responsible for hospitality. They will greet the guests, plan the meetings and their agendas, and coordinate between the Cambodian expert committee and the APSF councils of the various nations which will attend.

“The upcoming meeting is important because it will be the last time we will have the chance to divide our various responsibilities and prepare MoUs with the ASEAN councils,” he said.

Chamroeun, who is also secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said the December 15-17 meeting was approved by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Tea Banh. He added that CAMSOC and the ASEAN Para Games Organising Committee (CAMAPGOC) are focused on preparations.

“CAMSOC and CAMAPGOC are getting busier day by day. We have a clear work schedule, and we are working well together,” he said.

“We are paying close attention to even the smallest details of our plans. All of our committees are working together to make certain both the SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games are successful.

“The two events are being prepared in parallel, as there are many commonalities between them, aside from certain access requirements for the PARA Games. The progress of both events is moving forward as expected, and there is nothing to worry about,” he added.