The secretary-general of the Cambodia SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) Vath Chamrouen on Tuesday said the body has been assured the athletes village for the regional sporting extravaganza will be ready in time.

The 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is being held in Cambodia with the slogan “Sport: Live In Peace”. The Opening Ceremony is due to take place on May 5.

In a weekly meeting on Tuesday, chaired by CAMSOC vice-president and Minister of Tourism Dr Thong Khon, and including CAMSOC officials and other stakeholders, representatives of company constructing the Games village said it will be built on time.

“The project was due to handed over to us by the end of 2022, but this will now be extended to early February 2023. We received a presentation on the construction of the sport village, and the company said progress is good.

“We hope that this plan is sufficient, and the CAMSOC committee has requested updates on the construction. If it is completed in early February, the environment will be fully ready for the Games in May,” Chamroeun said.

Chamroeun said on the official Cambodia 2023 Facebook page that the meeting had focused on reviewing the report on the Games Village and setting the direction for

2022-2023, as well as reviewing the management of the information and dissemination committee.

The presentation on the building of the Games Village showed the construction process step by step, with the Village an important part of the Cambodia Games in reducing the cost of accommodation for the athletes and coaches, as well as being in line with the principles of the Olympic movement, he added.

The Games village is being constructed on land close to the Morodok Techo National Stadium, which will serve as the centrepiece of the “Cambodia 2023” SEA Games. With a capacity of 60,000, the $150 million ultra-modern stadium is Cambodia’s largest sports arena.

Some 8,000 athletes across 40 sports set to convene in the Kingdom to contest the 32nd edition. More than 2,000 para athletes are due to compete in the 12th ASEAN Para Games.

Cambodia, a founder member of the Southeast Asian Games Federation – the forerunner to the current regional sports body – in 1959, is hosting the SEA Games for the first time.

The Kingdom was due to host the Games in 1963 before they were cancelled due to the political situation at the time.

The Cambodia 2023 logo incorporates design elements that draw inspiration from Buddhism, the Kingdom’s official religion, and its teachings.

The combining of both Games logos reflects the position of the disabled community in Cambodia and the importance of diversity, unity and inclusion to the Southeast Asia region.

Phnom Penh’s Independent Monument and Win-Win Memorial are also part of the design, in remembrance of Cambodians’ past struggles in overcoming adversity to become the peaceful nation it is now.

“Sport: Live In Peace” was accordingly chosen as the slogan for Cambodia 2023 to highlight how peace has been the catalyst for the Kingdom’s remarkable transformation.