Monday, October 19, 2009

Nationwide Archery Competition 2009 in Phnom Penh

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 100 archers, of which 10 female archers from 12 Archery Clubs and associations have attended the Nationwide Archery Competitions held during five days from the 13th to the 17th of October 2009 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh.

The competition was organized by The Cambodian Archery Federation (CAF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS).

Kong Diep, CAF’s Deputy Secretary General, said that this year’s competition marked the 9th time that the best of Cambodia’s archers demonstrated their progress to compete in a nationwide archery competition.

The main purpose of the competition is selected the most qualified archers for archery champions and prepare for the future international competitions. Another objective of the competition is to promote and preserve the noble art of archery which is a Cambodian sport described in the “Rajamanak or Ream Ke Story” for the future generations.

Im Vannara, a Competing Archery organizer and Technical Committee of the Cambodian Archery Federation, said the competition is divided into two categories. The first category is “Male Archery Shooting Competition” for 60 meters, 50 meters and 30 meter distances; the second category is “Female Archery Shooting Competition” for 50 meters and 30 meters distances. The prizes will be provided by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

Vannara added that those who will win the gold in this year’s competition will become part of the national archery team. They will be also train with the CAF and MoEYS’s financial support in preparation for future international competitions abroad.

Vann Bunny, 23, has been training the Archery sport since 2005 and is a participant of the competition.

“I am happy to attend the archery competition again this year in Phnom Penh. This year’s competition is my fourth time. Last year, I won a silver medal, along with other prizes from MoEYS. With my hard training and shooting experience, I hope that I will be able to win another a medal after this competition,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on October 13.

Bunny is training with Thnou Sar Chey Club in Phnom Penh. He said that he decided to train in archery because he wanted to improve his health and to promote and preserve the archery sport in Cambodia.

He added that since he has started competing in archery, he attended a total of four nationwide archery competitions. As a result, he won three medals the 2006 silver medal, the 2007 gold medal and the 2008 silver medal.

Kong Diep said that CAF will be sending three Cambodian qualified archery competitors for the 25th SEA Games which will take place on the 18th of December 2009 in Vientiane, Lao. He said that with Cambodian archers’ talent, hard works and shooting experiences, they will be able to win the medal from international competitions in future.

According to Kong Diep, the Cambodian Archery Federation was established by His Excellency Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information, in 1999 in order to develop and promote the “Cambodian Archery” in Cambodia.


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