BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) plans to send four of Cambodia’s selected athletes to attend the “Asian Youth Games” tournament in next month in Singapore.
Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said that he plans to send four Cambodian athletes to attend in the “Asian Youth Games” 2010 competition which will take place on the 14th of August 2010 in Singapore. There are over 40 countries which will participate in the Games.
The four selected athletes included one Taikwondo boxer; one wrestler; one swimmer; and one athlete who is the best athletes selected from the NOCC in Cambodia, he said, adding that the purpose of participation is to compete with other participating countries in order to gain honor for the Kingdom of Cambodia.
“We are pleased to send our athletes to participate in the Asian Youth Games. We hope that within this participation, our athletes will try their best to win more medals, improve and strengthen their fighting skills as well as techniques so that they can prepare themselves for the future national and international competitions in regions,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview.
Chamroeun pointed out that the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia has also prepared and planed to send more sportspeople which will have selected from seven potential sport subjects for the 16th Asian Games tournament. The international games event will take place on the 12th of November 2010 in Kwang Chov in the People’s Republic of China.
He continued to say that that the seven sport subjects included Petanque, Beach Volleyball, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Tennis, shuttle cock and boxing.
NOCC has also planned to organize the 15th Half Marathon Competition which will take place on the 5th of November 2010 in Siem Reap province. The event will be presided over by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and over 3,000 athletes from inside and outside the country will participate, he said.
Chamroeun emphasized that to prepare for these international competitions, NOCC planned to send a total of Cambodia’s 12 athletes from Taikwondo and wrestling for short and long-term training in the Republic of Korea in this year.
He added that so far, a total of six Taikwondo and Wrestling boxers have been sent for the training in South Korea, and the rest will be sent in early August and the training is funded by Korean Inchon Project 2014, and taught by Korean coaches.
In July 2010, a total of 50 Cambodian sport coaches including 25 wrestling coaches and other 25 volleyball coaches were trained on “Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in Wrestling and Volleyball” in order to build up their capacity and sport coaching skills in future. The coaching course training was organized by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in collaboration with Cambodian Wresting Federation (CWF), Volleyball Federation of Cambodia, and taught by Amenia and Chinese experienced coaches from the Olympic Solidarity.
According to NOCC’s report, Cambodia won a total of 40 medals including 3 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from the 25th SEA Games in Laos in 2009. There are a total of 33 sports with 33 sport federations in Cambodia. /