After the conclusion of the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games, the Cambodian government will sell the Sport Village, which was used to house athletes competing in the sport events from all over ASEAN.
This new development was announced by Prime Minister Hun Sen during the inauguration ceremony of the Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway construction site this morning.
The Premier said the government needs to sell the Sport Village in order to get some of the funds it has invested in the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games back.
“For the next SEA Games, we will find another place,” he said. “We should not be worrying about it because that is probably another 22 years from today.”
However, Mr Hun Sen did not reveal how the government plans to sell the facility.
Construction of the Sports Village for the 32nd SEA Games has been completed and was ready to receive athletes in April. It is built on eight hectares of land next to the newest venue, Morodok Techo National Stadium.
The village has been a controversial topic, as doubts were raised about whether Cambodia would be able to complete the construction of the facility before the tournament took place. On March 25, Thai news outlet The Nation Thailand quoted Thana Chaiprasit, vice president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, as saying that “Thailand had to book hotel rooms for athletes as a backup plan because the residences for athletes had not yet been completed.”
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