2023 Southeast Asian Games

The 2023 Southeast Asian Games (Khmer: ការប្រកួតកីឡាប្រជាជាតិអាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍២០២៣), commonly known as the 32nd Southeast Asian Games, or the 32nd SEA Games, and commonly known as Cambodia 2023, will be the 32nd edition of the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial sports multi-sport event which will be held from 5 to 17 May 2023 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

XXXII Southeast Asian Games
2023 SEA Games logo.svg
Host cityPhnom Penh, Cambodia
MottoSport: Live in Peace
(Khmer: កីឡារស់ក្នុងសន្តិភាព)
Events608 in 38 sports
Opening5 May 2023
Closing17 May 2023
Opened byKing of Cambodia
Main venueMorodok Techo National Stadium

The announcement was made at the SEA Games Federation Council meeting at Singapore, in conjunction with the 2015 Southeast Asian Games,[1] by the President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, Thong Khon.[2][3] The Philippines was originally scheduled to host the Games, but was pushed forward to 2019 after Brunei withdrew to host the event. This will be the first time that Cambodia will host the games, as the 3rd Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1963 was cancelled due to the political situation in the country at the time. The event will feature 40 sports.[4]

Development and preparationEdit

Following the host selection announcement, Prime Minister Hun Sen approved the final design of the Games’ main stadium.[1] During a state visit by Hun Sen to Beijing in May 2014, China's leader Xi Jinping (also Communist party general secretary) promised to fund the construction of the main stadium of the new multi-purpose sports complex on the Satellite City of Phnom Penh in Khan Chroy Jong Va. The 60,000-seat main stadium, which is estimated to cost about $157 million and will be built by a Chinese construction firm, will be completed between 2019 and 2020 with a Chinese grant covering the entire project. A multipurpose arena, the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex will house an Olympic swimming pool, an outdoor football pitch, a running track, tennis courts and dormitories for athletes.[5]


According to Vongsey Visoth, secretary of state for the Ministry of Economy and Finance, building and setting up the facilities and fields required for the various competitions will cost between $30 to $40 million.

Speaking at the public forum Macroeconomic Management and the 2023 Budget Law held in Phnom Penh on Jan. 25, Visoth explained that setting up and hosting events at stadiums and other locations might end up costing more than $200 million. In preparation for the event, Cambodia has built a number of infrastructures, as well as sports venues and sports facilities.[6][7]


The National Volunteer Committee of CAMSOC has announced the recruitment of nearly 7,000 volunteers to assist at the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games.[8]

Participating nationsEdit

Participating nationsEdit

All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) are expected to take part in the 2023 SEA Games. Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.

Southeast Asian Games Federation

Medal tableEdit


  *   Host nation (Cambodia)

2023 Southeast Asian Games medal table
1  Brunei0000
  East Timor0000
Totals (11 entries)0000



The official logo and slogan for the 2023 Southeast Asian Games were decided on 2 July 2020 by the 2023 Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee and was officially unveiled on 7 August. A design competition for the games' logo was held in 2019 with the final design reportedly consists of the Angkor Wat and four dragons as its main motifs. The initial slogan for the games unveiled was "Sport Into Peace" ([9]) [10] The logo was later slightly revised so it could also be used for the 2023 ASEAN Para Games.[11] The slogan in English was revised to Sport: Live in Peace"[12]

A mascot design competition was also organized in 2019 which was open to Cambodian citizens who are at least 15 years of age. The contest required applicants to submit designs that followed a rabbit theme and reflected Khmer culture. The deadline for the competition was on 30 November 2019.[13] The winning design consists of two rabbits wearing traditional Cambodian attire; a female in red named Rumduol (រំដួល) and a male in blue named Borey (បុរី). Red and blue are colors from the Cambodian flag.[10][14]

The GamesEdit

The opening ceremony for the games will be held on 5 May 2023, however the cricket and football tournaments will commence earlier on 26 April 2023.[15]


2023 Southeast Asian Games Sporting Programmes
Demonstration sports

Concerns and controversiesEdit

WT-led boycott and exclusion of ITF-rule taekwondo competitionEdit

IFMA-led boycott of Kun Khmer competitionEdit

In July 2022, the Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) decided to link Muay Thai to Kun Khmer and used the name "Kun Khmer (Muay)" as the official name for the competition. This action resulted from the displeasure of the Cambodian public, who criticized the organizing committee for not displaying sufficient patriotism in its promotion of Cambodia's traditional martial arts.[16]

Afterwards, International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA), the international federation of Muay Thai, has claimed that the organizing committee was seeking to work with an organization that is not recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) as the sanctioning body for the competition. The IFMA was planning to bring this matter to the attention of the IOC, the IOC Ethics Commission, the OCA, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).[17]

In January 2023, the IFMA sent warnings to each national federation to stop sending their teams to compete in the Kun Khmer competition, otherwise the violating national federations will be banned from upcoming World Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, IFMA World Muaythai Championships, and other IFMA-sanctioned events.[18]

Participation and medal capEdit

Participating nations are limited in the number of athletes they can enter in certain sports – martial arts, dragon boat and esports, while such restriction is not applied to the host country. The Philippines, which claims to be backed by other participating nations aside from the host, has protested such regulation alleging it to be a strategy for Cambodia to finish at least fourth in the medal tally.[19][20]

The Philippines protested Cambodia's plan to only allow a maximum of two gold medals to be awarded to a competitor in the gymnastics events. This was later revised to three following a complaint from the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines.[21]


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  3. ^ "Clear lessons for the Kingdom as curtain falls on 2017 SEA Games". Manjunath H S. Phnom Penh Post. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  4. ^ "40 sports to be featured at 2023 SEA Games in Cambodia". Bernama. 10 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
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  6. ^ "Cambodia Is Investing around $200 million to Host the SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games". Retrieved 28 January 2023.
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  8. ^ "CAMSOC needs volunteers for SEA Games". Retrieved 3 February 2023.
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  11. ^ "Logo". Cambodia 2023. 2023 Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC). Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Motto". Cambodia 2023. 2023 Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC). Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  13. ^ Vorajee, Ismail (26 August 2019). "CAMSOC launches 2023 mascot design contest". Khmer Times. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  14. ^ "32nd SEA Games countdown kicks off with 'spectacular ceremony'". 9 August 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Journalists can register to cover SEA-Games & ASEAN Para Games 2023 until March 20". Cambodia 2023. 27 February 2023. Retrieved 15 March 2023.
  16. ^ "Combined "Kun Khmer (Muay)" for 32nd SEA Games draw ires". Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  17. ^ "IFMA to stop teams from competing at 2023 SEA Games if NOCC uses different governing body". Inside the Games. 18 November 2022. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  18. ^ "สหพันธ์มวยไทยนานาชาติ หรือ IFMA สุดจะทน พร้อมแบนทุกชาติที่ส่งแข่งขัน มวยในซีเกมส์ 2023 ที่ประเทศกัมพูชา เพราะมองว่าก๊อปกติกามวยไทย". Thairath. 21 January 2023. Retrieved 23 January 2023. (in Thai)
  19. ^ Navarro, June (22 January 2023). "Delayed handbooks, participation cap: Tolentino eyes SEAG changes". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  20. ^ "Cambodia to limit participants at SEA Games in Phnom Penh". BusinessWorld. 11 January 2023. Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  21. ^ Navarro, June (5 February 2023). "'Capping' rules leave Yulo hamstrung". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 5 February 2023.

Further readingEdit

Preceded by
Southeast Asian Games
XXXII Southeast Asian Games (2023)
Succeeded by