Cambodia Heavily Criticized For Handling Of 2023 Southeast Asian Games

Cambodia issued new rule changes ahead of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games this May. Previous hosts of the SEA Games have also been criticized for willfully stacking the deck in their favor.

The 2023 Southeast Asian Games is set to kick off on May 5 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, but the host nation has been receiving some backlash as to their head-scratching rules for some events–including gymnastics.

It was revealed in June 2022 that organizers have scrapped women’s artistic gymnastics from the biennial event’s games and has Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) president Cynthia Carrion frustrated with the ruling.

“We tried to convince the Cambodians to retain the WAG tournament, but they would not budge when the SEAG Gymnastic Zone held its meeting during the last Vietnam SEA Games,” she was quoted to have said then.

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