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Media news 2020-01-24

China-aided stadium in Cambodia symbolizes friendship

Wang Qunqing, senior engineer and technical director of the project, said work on the 60,000-seat stadium began in August 2017 and the project will be completed on schedule, by December this year.

The 5-storey stadium covers a 16-hectare parcel in the 85-hectare Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, which is located about 18 km north of central Phnom Penh.

The stadium will serve as the main venue for tournaments when Cambodia hosts the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in 2023.

According to the master plan, the 39.9-meter-tall stadium will be built in the shape of a sailing ship in which its both prows are 99 meters tall, and it will be encircled by an ancient Angkor-style moat.

Thong Khon, president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said the sailing ship symbolizes a long-standing traditional friendship between Cambodia and China because Chinese people used to travel by sailing ship to Cambodia in ancient times.

He also praised the CSCEC for using advanced technology and high-quality materials for the project.

“I have observed that the company has very high responsibility and has used high-end technology for this stadium construction,” he said. “In sum, the company has properly complied with technical standards.”

Apart from the focus on the building quality, the Chinese developer has also paid high attention to workers’ health and safety, Samnang said, adding that the workers have been provided with accommodations and three meals a day.

“They focus on our safety as number one priority,” he said. “The company highly cares about our safety. For example, when entering the construction site, workers must wear hard hats, construction vests, boots and fall protection belts.”

Samnang said Cambodian and Chinese workers are like “friends”, always help each other, and share good and difficult times together.

He added that although language is a barrier, Chinese and Cambodian workers still can work together smoothly through body language.

“Chinese colleagues have taught us on how to do this or do that, they are like our teachers… we’ve learned experience from them and will use it with other projects in the future,” he said.