BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in collaboration with Cambodian Wresting Federation (CWF) has conducted the “Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in Wrestling” for Cambodian wrestling coaches from the 6th to 14th of July at the NOCC office in Phnom Penh.
Twenty-five wrestling coaches from eight selected wrestling clubs from cities and provinces have attended the wrestling technical courses in order to build up their wrestling capacity and coaching so that they can become professional wrestling trainers in the future.
H.E. Meas Sarin, Under Secretary of State in Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS), said that the training was very necessary and important in developing and promoting the wrestling sector.
The training course will help the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport as well as Cambodian Wrestling Federation in promoting the new human resources of wresting and the development of wrestling in the Kingdom of Cambodia, he added.
“The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport sees that to develop and promote the sports in Cambodia, the technical courses training is very necessary and important for all types of sports coaches so that they can improve and strengthen their capacity to build there technical skills in the future,” he said during the closing ceremony of the “Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in Wrestling” on 14th July 2010 in Phnom Penh.
He continued to say that the Ministry strongly supports this training and encourages the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia to conduct more technical course for coaches in the future.
Mr. Nay Phanna, Director of the International Relation and Cooperation Department in the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said that every year NOCC has provided technical courses training at least three times for all Olympic Sports Federation in Cambodia in order to improve and strengthening their capacity and technical skills.
This year with good cooperation and support from Olympic Solidarity, NOCC will conduct a total of three technical courses for three Cambodia’s Olympic Sports Federations in Cambodia. Three federations included wrestling, volleyball and tennis, he said, adding that the wrestling courses were conducted and trained by Professor Stephan Kazarian, Amenia, who is the experienced and professional wrestling trainer from the Olympic Solidarity.
Twenty-five national level coaches from Phnom Penh, Kampong Chhnang, Pursat, and Kandal provinces attended the training. The training course included theory training; role of coach, tournaments order; wrestling law; and the real practice of the wrestling clubs.
Vath Chamroeun, General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, and also General Secretary of the Cambodian Wrestling Federation, said that wrestling is one of the oldest Olympic sports in the Olympic Games.
That the Cambodian Wrestling Federation was firstly established in 1968 and was re-established in 1986 after the country was liberated from the Khmer Rouge’s terror regime. Currently there are only two international referees in the federation, he said.
He added that since 1994 until today, Cambodian wrestlers have gained a total of 15 medals from international wrestling competitions including one gold medal; five silver medals; and eight bronze medals.
On 15 July 2010, NOCC also conducted the “Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course in Volleyball” for Cambodian volleyball coaches in Phnom Penh. The volleyball coaching course training began July 15 and will be closing on July 25. Among twenty-five volleyball coaches, two South Korean volleyball coaches participated in the training.