BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Cambodian Wu-Shu Federation (CWF) have organized the Nationwide Wu-Shu Championship Tournament 2010 for five days from the 7th to the 11th of May at the National Stadium Complex in Phnom Penh.
About 300 Wu-Shu players in Phnom Penh have attended the Nationwide Wu-Shu Championship 2010 to compete for Wu-Shu champions 2010 in Cambodia. As results, 26 people received gold medals, 26 people received silver medals and other 34 people received the bronze of the nationwide Wu-Shu Championship 2010 in Cambodia.
Bou Chom Serey, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that his ministry appreciated it’s work with CWF in its collaboration with MoEYS for organizing this competition successfully. He added that the ministry appreciates all sport delegates and athletes who have participated in this year’s competition in Phnom Penh.
‘On behalf of the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, I am very proud and appreciate your hard training, hard work and successes in this year’s competition. I would like to encourage all of you to continue your training in order to win other competitions in the future,” he said during closing remarks of the Nationwide Wu-Shu Championship Tournament 2010 in Phnom Penh on May 11th.
Chom Serey pointed out that the success of Wu-Shu players have shown about their hard training and hard works in the competition, and has also shown the improvement and development of the Wu-Shu trainees and sport in Cambodia.
“I would like to call on Cambodians especially youths to enjoy playing the sports because playing of sports will bring them good health and intelligence and they can avoid drugs abuse and other illegal activities affected to Cambodian society,” he said.
Mao Chanthavuth, Secretary General of the Cambodian Wu-Shu Federation (CWF), revealed the number that there are 285 Wu-Shu players including 140 female from 13 Wu-Shu Clubs in Phnom Penh attended this’ s competitions in Phnom Penh.
The Wu-Shu competition has divided into two categories in which there are male Wu-Shu competition and female Wu-Shu competition. The competition has two subjects including Taolu (Showing) subject and Wu-Shu Sanshou (Fighting) Subject and there are eight weighting categories including 45 kg (male), 48 kg (male), 52kg (male), 56 kg (male), 60 kg (female), 65 kg (male), and 70 kg (male).
“The medals and prizes are generously provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport,” he said. ith a mount of money
Chanthavuth remembered about the history of Wu-Shu by saying that this sport is a Chinese sport that was introduced to Cambodian athletes late in 2000. Across the world, this ancient and energetic sport is enjoyed in 122 countries in the world.
Wushu was also known as modern wushu or contemporary wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts, he said, adding that it was created in the People's Republic of China after 1949, in an attempt to nationalize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.
He said that since the establishment of CWF in 2010 so far, there are 20 Wu-Shu clubs and associations with about 1,000 trainees in Cambodia. He added that to promote the training of Wu-Shu in Cambodia, his federation plans to establish more and new Wu-Shu clubs in cities and provinces across the Kingdom of Cambodia.