BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) in collaboration with the Cambodian Boxkator Federation (CBF) have organized the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010 over five days from the 29th of July to the 2nd of August 2010 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh.
A total of 279 boxers including 72 female from 14 boxkator boxing clubs and associations in Phnom Penh and provinces have attended the nationwide Boxkator Championship in Phnom Penh.
As a result, 15 boxers won the championships 2010 while other 15 boxers took second place, and 19 boxers took third place of the competition.
H.E. Meas Sarin, Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that the competition is important because it will help MoESY as well as Cambodian government to preserve and promote Boxkator which is a Khmer ancient muscle art and traditional culture in Cambodia and in the world.
The event will also help to encourage Cambodian people especially the youths to partake in sport in order that they can improve their health and help contribute to development of human resources, progress and prosperity in Cambodia, he said.
“Boxkator is a Khmer ancient boxing which is the greatest value art and traditional culture for Cambodian people. To preserve it for our next generations, we have to develop and promote the training of Boxkator in our country for the future. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to Cambodian people especially the youth to train and participate in Boxkator boxing so that they can improve their health and contribute to the progress and development in our country,” he said during his closing remarks and awards ceremony on August 2nd in Phnom Penh.
Regarding to the winners of the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010, he said that the winners have shown hard training, hard work and commitment to fighting. He called on all Boxkators to continued their training and hard work and to prepare for future Boxkator competitions in Cambodia.
Hok Chheang Kim, Secretary-General of the Cambodian Boxkator Federation, said that it marked the fourth year as CBF and MoEYS have organized nationwide Boxkator competitions in Phnom Penh. He stated that the main purpose of Boxkator competition was to select the best Boxkator fighters and Champions for 2010 in Cambodia.
Relating to the Boxkator competition, Hok Chheang Kim said that there are a total of 279 Boxkator boxers from 14 Boxkator clubs and associations in cities and provinces have attended the nationwide Boxkator Championship competitions in Phnom Penh.
Last year, there were 277 Boxkator boxers including 51 female attended the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2009 in Phnom Penh, according to Chheang Kim.
Regarding to this year’s competition, he said that the competition is divided into two categories in which there is “fighting” and “display boxing” with 6 subjects.
Say Tevin, 22, from Boxkator Academy School in Phnom Penh, has attended the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010 in Phnom Penh. He has been competing in Boxkator with Master Trainer Sean Kim San, who is the President of Cambodian Boxkator Federation. He won the Boxkator championship and received a gold medal.
“I am happy and this is my fourth year as I have won the Championship and received my rewards from the Nationwide Boxkator Competition in Phnom Penh. I think that to promote Boxkator as well as spread it out to the world, I will continue to train and attend more competitions in the future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly.
Tevin has been attending since 2007, 2008 and 2009 nationwide Boxkator competitions in Phnom Penh and as result he has won the gold medals from all these competitions.
Bith Pheak, 21, another Boxkator boxer from Reach Proek Boxkator Club in the Phahasasra University in Cambodia, has also participated in the competition in Phnom Penh. He began his Boxkator career with a veteran Boxkator trainer in Reach Proeuk Boxkator Club 2008.
He said that last year, he has also participated in the nationwide boxkator competition organized by the MoEYS but as result he was unsuccessful. He added that he has gained two medals including one gold medal for his individual subject and one silver medal for fighting from this year’s competition.
“I am happy as I have received two medals from the Nationwide Boxkator Championship 2010 in Phnom Penh. I think that I am able to win this year’s competition because my hard training, hard work and patience for the competition,” he said. “I will continue to train hard and will attend more Boxkator competitions in the future.