The 60,000-seat Morodok Techo National Stadium in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh was officially opened.
The Chinese government-funded site in the northern suburbs of Phnom Penh opened today with a sports parade, martial arts demonstrations and traditional dances attended by nearly 20,000 people.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian chaired the three-hour event
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the 60,000-seat stadium will be the hub for tournaments when Cambodia first hosts the SEA Games in May 2023.
Funded by a Chinese grant under his Belt and Road Initiative, Premier Hun Sen expressed gratitude to China for the construction of the site, saying it was a great achievement in the country’s sports sector.
The stadium is just one of many Chinese-funded achievements in Cambodia, he said, and is “another fruit of the strong friendship between Cambodia and China.”
The project took four years to be completed by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation under a grant from China.
Citing the remarks of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the site handover ceremony in September this year, Ambassador Wang said the stadium will become a vital milestone in the traditional friendship between the two countries with symbolic meaning.
Located about 18 kilometers north of central Phnom Penh, the 39.9-meter-high stadium was built in the shape of a “sailboat” with the two 99-meter-high prows, and is encircled by an ancient style moat. Angkor Wat.
Image credit: Xinhua.
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