Phnom Penh, 22 November 2021 (TDI): Cambodia will host the 2029 Asian Youth Games (AYG). The decision was officially made during the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly.

2029 Asian Youth Games (AYG)

The delegation of Cambodia was led by the Tourism Minister of the country, Thong Khon. Thong Khon is the President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, as well.

Khon proclaimed that the chance to host the Games is a marvelous opportunity for Cambodia. According to him, this would further develop sports and relevant infrastructure in the country.

Morodok Techo National Stadium

Cambodia as the host is currently building the facilities that will be used for the Games. Most striking amongst such facilities is the flagship Morodok Techo National Stadium. It will have the capacity of seating around 60,000 spectators.

Besides a state-of-the-art stadium in Phnom Penh, the country is also building an aquatic center, indoor training hall, a gymnasium, as well as an athletes’ village.

The under-construction Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh

Singapore hosted the first Asian Youth Games in 2009. Cambodia is the fifth edition to do so. Approximately, 45 countries will send their athletes to take part in the sports event.

Asian Youth Games

The OCA organizes the Asian Youth Games; which is a multi-sport event. The event happens after every four years. Athletes from all over Asia take part in the AYG sports event.

It is the second-largest multi-sport event in the continent, after the Asian Games. Some of the sports included in the AYG are Rock Climbing, Rugby, Surfing, and Table tennis.

The third edition of the AYG was scheduled for 2021 November. However, it was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be hosted in Shantou, China in December next year. Although the event will retain its original name of the Shantou 2021 Asian Youth Games.