Phnom Penh (FN), April 4 – Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping has approved $157 million of grant aid to build the Morodok Decho Sport Complex.

The announcement was made during the opening celebration of the main stadium sport facilities and the groundbreaking ceremony for the football court on Tuesday morning.

“The design of Morodok Decho Sport Complex was chosen by me. It looks like a vessel, which reflects the long-term diplomacy of Cambodia-China,” stated the premier.

The aid is the largest foreign aid grant that Cambodia has ever received.

Today we launch the groundbreaking of the main sport complex, financially supported by China.

As the Chinese ambassador has mentioned, this is the largest form of grant aid which Cambodia has ever been granted.

"I would like to thank President Xi Jinping and the heads of the Chinese Communist Party for supporting sport culture between Cambodia and China in a strategic partner framework,” he reiterated.

The Morodok Decho Sport Complex is built on 85 hectares of land and is located in Prek Tamak, Russey Keo of Phnom Penh.

The construction costs are an estimated $100-200 million.

The complex will be Cambodia’s first modern multipurpose and international standard sports facility.

It is set to host the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.