Believe it or not, the tiny city of Phnom Penh in developing Cambodia has its own Olympic Stadium, although the summer games were never held here. Also referred to as the National Sports Complex, Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium can seat 50,000 people, but may be expanded to accommodate up to 80,000.
So, what is an Olympic Stadium doing in Phnom Penh?
Designed by Vann Molyvann, the well-known Cambodian architect, the stadium was completed in 1964 and was constructed to supposedly house the 1963 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games. However, the games did not push through because Cambodia had disagreements with the International Amateur Athletic Foundation. Cambodia was also then slowly drowning in its own sea of political problems. The expensive stadium was never used for what it was originally intended. [Read more…]