SHAH ALAM, March 22 — Malaysia’s chef-de-mission to the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games Datuk Mohd Nasir Ali said the athletes’ village in Phnom Penh is expected to be ready by the end of this month at the latest.
He expressed his relief that the preparation of the facilities for the athletes who will take on the national challenge at the biennial games are going smoothly, especially to ensure that there are no hitches to their focus.
“The SEA Games athletes’ village will be ready before the end of this month and so far I have been informed that its name is ‘Sport City’ by the Cambodian side. So, when you know that, it is a relief because the athletes’ accommodation is already there.
“I also understand that Cambodia will hold the inauguration of the athletes’ village and the Morodok Techo Stadium, which is one of the venues for the football competition, on April 20. However, maybe at that time, I may not be present because it is more the work of the Cambodian side,” Mohd Nasir said.
Accompanied by his deputies Datuk Shalin Zulkifli and Sharon Wee, he was speaking to reporters after visiting the training centre for volleyball and beach volleyball squads, earlier today.
At the 2021 Hanoi SEA Games held last May after being postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia only finished sixth overall with 39 gold, 45 silver and 90 bronze medals.
Commenting on the preparations of the volleyball and beach volleyball squads for Cambodia, Mohd Nasir said it was a good development as the associations concerned will be sending their players to participate in overseas competitions to seek experience on a prestigious stage.
Meanwhile, volleyball coach Shamsaimon Mohd Sharit informed that the combination of young and experienced players really paid off after they won the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup in the Maldives last February, which he described as a morale booster before going to Phnom Penh.
“We started training full-time in January and we are aiming for at least a bronze medal if we look at the performance of the players at the moment. Like in the group now, there are only three old players and the others are new, but I am sure they will be able to help each other,” he said.
The SEA Games in Phnom Penh are scheduled to take place from May 5 to May 17.