Friday, March 12, 2010

Women’s Day Race to Promote Women’s Health and Rights

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 300 peoples will attend the “Women’s Day Race to be run over five kilometers distance” on March 7th at the National Complex Stadium in Phnom Penh to promote women’s health and rights in Cambodia.

The Women’s Day Race of five kilometers in distance is jointly organized by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), Khmer Amateur Athletes Federation (KAAF), and ADWEEKLY, and sponsored by a number of national and international companies in Cambodia.

Kao Vannarin, Director of ADWEEKLY, said that it marks the first time as ADWEEKLY, NOCC, and KAAF have organized the Women’s Day Race over five kilometers in distance in Phnom Penh, in order to promote people to enjoy the sport as well as to promote the people’s health in Cambodia.

“We are very proud to organize the first Women’s Day Race over five kilometers in distance in Phnom Penh. The main objective of the race is to promote women’s health and rights. It is also to encourage our Cambodian people especially the youths and young people to play sports so that they can improve and promote their health in contributing to the progress and development of Cambodia,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly on March 4. He added that another purpose of the women’s day race is also to promote the national and international tourists visiting Phnom Penh and also to promote marathon sport in Cambodia.

Relating to the women race’s participation, Kao Vannarin said that the entry fee is $5 for foreigners and 10,000 riel ($2.50) for Cambodian nationals. He added that the benefit from the competition will be given to the NYEMO Cambodia NGO for supporting orphaned children and suffering women in Cambodia.

Khieu Samnang, who is a race committee member and executive member of the Khmer Amateur Athletes Federation, said that the competition is divide into six categories including male race under 18 years old; women race under 18 years old; male race age between 19 and 45; women race age between 19 and 45; male race age over 46; and women race age over 46. Samnang continued to say that the race will begin on Sunday March 7th 2010 at 8am at the National Complex Stadium in Phnom Penh. The race will take place sounding (three rounds) the stadium in the distance of 5 kilometers.

Relating to the women’s day race prizes, he said that the prize is different. Those who win the first, second and third places of the race will receive prizes, along with money. He added that the prizes and moneys are generously given by the main sponsors of the Women’s Day Race of five kilometers in distance.

Sok Mom, 42, a business woman in Phnom Penh, has registered for the Women’s Day Race of five kilometers in distance. She decided to register for the race because she wanted to attract the women in playing sports in order to promote women’s health and rights in Cambodia. “I am very pleased to attend the Women’s Day Race of five kilometers in distance on March 7th in Phnom Penh,” she said. “I think that my participations will contribute to the promotion of the women’s health and rights as well as to promote the sports in Cambodia,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly.


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