First Ever Free SEA Games – Cambodia 2023

Legacy of SEA Games

After previously announcing that non one would have to pay to attend events, organizers have decided to go one step further by removing the $50 per day meal and accommodation fee that at previous editions were charged to all members of sports delegations.

To read about free entry for sporting events click here.

What has been announced?

Cambodia’s organising committees for the 32nd SEA Games and 12th ASEAN Para Games, CAMSOC-CAMAPGOC said following an April 18th meeting chaired by Prime Minister Hun Sen that “At today’s important meeting, we received a recommendation from [Hun Sen and Tea Banh] to waive the $50 per day fee that is normally charged to sporting delegates from all countries. No delegates will be asked to pay the $50 per day fee,” (CAMSOC-secretary-general Vath Chamrouen).

This is the first time that any country hosting the games has made such a bold move and again comes on top of events being made free for spectators. It also somewhat overshadows the various controversies that have come up, such as naming rights for various sports, as well as fees for broadcasting rights.

To read about the broadcasting rights spat click here.

The first ever free SEA Games?

Following on from the previous announcement that admission to the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as all sporting events at the SEA and Para Games being free, this does indeed make it the first event in history to be “free”.

Cambodia are hosting the games for the first time in its 64 year history and the first time it has hosted a major international sporting event since the late 1960’s.

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As such the government have put great political weight behind the games, previously stating that it was not only for the Cambodian people, but that they had already paid for the games through their tax dollars and hard work.

This article is adapted from BPVE, ( reported and edited from the great team – Cambodia Sports Review. (
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