BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The volleyball team from the Ministry of Interior has won the Samdech Techo Hun Sen Volleyball Cup 2010 after competing from June 12th to July 18th at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh. Ten Cambodia’s selected volleyball associations from Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Kampong Thom, and Preah Vihear provinces attended the competition.
The competition was organized by the Volleyball Federation of Cambodia (VFC), supported by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, and with the financial support of the Chamroeun University of Poly-Technology which is a top Academic Institutions in Higher Education, Research and Development in Cambodia.
As result, the Ministry of Interior’s Volleyball Team won the Volleyball Cup 2010 while the Prime Minister’s Body Guard Volleyball Team took second place; the Volleyball Team in Kampong Cham finished in third place; and the Volleyball Team of the National Bank of Cambodia came fourth.
General Hing Hunheang, Deputy Commander-In-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), Commander of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Body Guard Unit, and also the highest representative of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, said at the award ceromony that the Kingdom of Cambodia is a famous country with an historical prestige in the forum of games in regions during the 1960s and the early 1970s.
The General continued to say that unfortunately due to the civil wars, Cambodia was forced to abandon sports and lost its chance to receive glory in the sport sector and also losing its role in the huge family of international games for over three decades.
However, after ending the wars and the national reconciliation, Cambodia is lucky with the peace it has now, he said, adding that the Royal Government of Cambodia under the wisdom leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, rehabilitated and developed all fields in which the sport sector is the most paid attention and to be prioritized by the Royal Government of Cambodia.
“Although our sport sector is developed and under limitation but I am optimistic and strongly believe that due to our athletes’ hard work and strong commitment our sport will be improving and faster developing like a slogan saying ‘faster, higher and stronger’ in the future and they now can compete with other foreign athletes in the region,”
The General added, “Through this year’s hard competition we now have selected the qualified volleyball teams and the champion of Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Cup 2010 for the country. On behalf of the Volleyball Championship owner, I am very proud with your hard work and congratulate you all on this victory. I hope that you all will continue to train and attend volleyball competitions in future.”
The sport is the diplomatic of the peace and it brings healthy, solidarity and peace for people. He called on the people especially youths to enjoy the sport so that they can improve their health as well as to avoid the use of drugs and other illegal activities in Cambodia, he said.
In the name as the highest representative of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, General Hing Bunheang provided 20 million riel and other prizes for the organizing competition committees and the volleyball teams who won the cup and received the classification of the competition.
Mr. Lak Sam Ath, General Director of the Sport Department in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that there are a total of 10 selected volleyball associations which attended Samdech Techo Hun Sen Volleyball Cup 2010.
There are a total of 24 competitions and the tournament was held for seven days from the 12th of June to 18th of July 2010 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh, he noted.
He added that through the hard competition, the Ministry of Interior’s Volleyball Team won the Samdech Techo Hun Sen Volleyball Cup 2010 with a gold medal and US$ 100 award; Prime Minister’s Body Guard Volleyball Teams received the second place with silver medal and US$ 700; Kampong Cham Volleyball Team took second place with bronze medal and US$ 500; and the National Bank of Cambodia’s Volleyball Team took the fourth place with US$ 300. The prizes are generously provided by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen through General Hing Bunheang.
To promote sports especially volleyball, the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport in collaboration with Volleyball Federation of Cambodia will continue to organize this competition every year in Cambodia in the future, he said.