Friday, June 25, 2010

Nationwide Boxing Championship Tournament 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 700 Cambodian boxers from 15 cities and provinces and three ministries including Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Industry will participated in the onwide Gymnastic Tournament 2010 Nationwide Boxing Championship Tournament 2010 over two weeks from the 9th to the 22nd of June 2010 in Phnom Penh.

The Nationwide Boxing Championship Tournament 2010 is organized by the Department of Physical Education and Youth in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Cambodian Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) in Cambodia aiming to compete to become the boxing championships for 2010 in Cambodia.

Mil Kado, Secretary General of the Khmer Boxing Amateur Federation, said that every year the CABA has organized the Nationwide Boxing Championship competition with the participation of boxers from various cities and provinces across the nation.

The purpose of the boxing competition is to select the best boxers for 2010 in Cambodia as well as to prepare for the future international boxing competition in the region.

“The purpose of the boxing competition is to select the qualified and the best boxers for 2010 and to prepare for the future national and international boxing competitions. It is also to promote and develop boxing in Cambodia,” he said during an interview with The Southeast Asia Weekly.

Relating to this year’s boxing competition; he said that the competition is divided into two competition subjects including Kbach Kun Boran Khmer (Khmer Traditional Boxing Kick-Boxing) and Universal Boxing. There are two categories in which there is “Framework A Boxing Competition” and “Framework B Boxing Competition.

He emphasized that the “Framework A Boxing Competition” is for competition of experienced boxers and “Framework B Boxing Competition” is for the new and non-experienced boxers.

He added that there are different awards for the winners. Those who win will receive a gold medal, along with a mount of money and other materials; the second winner receives a silver medal with money, and the third winner receives bronze medal with some money. The medals and money are generously provided by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.

According to a CABA’s report, there are 18 boxing association within over 50 boxing clubs in Khmer Boxing Amateur Federation in Cambodia. Since the establishment of the boxing federation in 2000 so far, the federation has been generating jobs for over 600 young boxers and 78 boxing technical officers in Cambodia.

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