Selected Comments Samdech Techo Hun Sen, at the closing ceremony of the 32nd SEA Games 2023 [Unofficial Translation]


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Are you all happy?
Is this not a joint achievement of the Cambodian people?
Is this a part of the solidarity and friendship among ASEAN member countries?
Will we host the 2043 SEA Games which is in the next 20 years? […]
Now we really understand the meaning of (1) “sports living in peace.” In order to organize such a ceremony, it is necessary to join with the Royal Government to protect peace.

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HE Prawit Wongsuwan, representative of the Kingdom of Thailand to host the 33rd SEA Games in 2025;

Samdech, Excellencies, Ladies, Gentlemen
My beloved compatriots in the whole country and foreign friends

Today, the 32nd SEA Games has come to an end with energy and great success.

Happiness, full of smiles and cheers created a deep emotion for everyone.

On behalf of the host country, Cambodia has made every effort to organize and serve all the services needed to ensure that the accommodation, food arrangement and serving the event’s run smoothly and successfully.

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Together with Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh and His Excellency Thong Khon, let me thank all the SEA Games athletes competed in the Kingdom of Cambodia, the sports delegates from all countries, the governments of all ASEAN countries for sending athletes to compete when Cambodia hosts the 32nd SEA Games 2023. I consider this to be part of the spirit of solidarity, understanding, friendship and promoting integration within the ASEAN framework. I would like to (2) dedicate Cambodia’s achievements today as part of the success within the framework of our ASEAN solidarity spirit.

I thank the people all over the country for supporting the SEA Games activities. Let me (3) dedicate the achievements that we have achieved now to the people across the country, all political tendencies, all races and religions. Please accept the achievements that we have worked hard to achieve today. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us on this auspicious occasion.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and commend Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, His Excellency Thong Khon, as well as other leaders in all fields, all of whom I consider to be the operators of the 32nd SEA Games 2023 from start to finish. We have succeeded. Please congratulate and appreciate Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh sincerely.

Let us not forget to (4) thank HM the King and the Queen Mother of Cambodia for supporting the SEA Games process. We thank the late King Father of Cambodia for leaving us an invaluable legacy for the success of the 2023 SEA Games. I would like to (5) thank the Chinese government and people, especially to President Xi Jinping, for helping Cambodia in building the stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies, and for future generations.

I thank all the foreign friends who have helped Cambodia in the past as well as during the SEA Games preparation. I apologize to the Cambodian people as well as to our friends among ASEAN if any mistakes are made unintentionally. We look forward to receiving constructive feedback for future improvements.

In a moment to come, we will be handing over to the Kingdom of Thailand its hosting turn of the 33rd SEA Games 2025.

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Finally, in the name of HM the King of Cambodia, the Royal Government and I personally announce the closing of the 32nd SEA Games 2023 from now on. Thank you./.