Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cambodia to Host the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About ten countries that are members of the Southeast Asia Table Tennis Association (SEATTA) will attend the 16th Southeast Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship which will take place from June 3-8, 2010, at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The 16th Southeast Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010 will be prepared and organized by the Cambodian Table Tennis Federation (CTTF), and supported by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS).

Rat Sokhorn, President of the Cambodian Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) and Cambodian Vovinam Federation (CVF), said that it marked the first time CTTF will organize the international table tennis championship in Cambodia.

President Sokhorn said that the main objective of the international competition is to select the best table tennis player for the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010, as well as to promote table tennis playing and exchanging playing experiences in Asia.

“CTTF is happy and honored to organize the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010 in Cambodia,” he said. “We hope that through this international competition we will be able to learn and promote table tennis playing in Cambodia in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interviewed on January 13.

Sun Sothearith, General Secretary of CTTF, said that there are about ten countries from Asia that will participate in the16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010 in Phnom Penh. He added that in 2009, the 15th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Championship took place over five days from the 18th to the 22nd of June 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. The competition was organized by the Southeast Asian Table Tennis Association (SEATTA).

Relating to the 16th Southeast Asia Junior Table Tennis Tournament 2010, Sothearith said that to prepare for this international competition, CTTF is now working hard to prepare and train the Cambodian junior table tennis players for the upcoming competition.

He continued to say that CTTF will also send a total of five experienced table tennis players for the short training in Vietnam in order to prepare for the competition.

CTTF also plans to organize a Cambodian junior table tennis competition in April in Phnom Penh in order to select the best players for competitions, as well as to improve their techniques and playing experience before the international competition takes place on June 3, 2010.

“I hope that through our Cambodian table tennis players’ hard work and training, they will be able to play and win at least the third or fourth place of the international competition in Phnom Penh,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on January 12.

To support this upcoming international competition, Sothearith appealed to private companies and international organizations to fund the 16th Southeast Asian Junior Table Tennis Championship 2010 because CTTF has to take full responsibilities for the whole competition’s expenditures and right now, they are lacking resources and materials for organizing the competition in Phnom Penh.

President Rat Sokhorn recently donated 20 tables and other related materials to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) Table Tennis Center to prepare for training and the future competition.

According to CTTF, there are over 15 table tennis clubs and associations with 100 trainees in Cambodia. ////






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