BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Ministry of Education Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and Phnom Penh Municipality have organized the “Public Sport Regional Phnom Penh Center Championship 2010” from the 6th to the 20th of August at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh to select the champion of Public Sport
About 200 athletes from 12 different sport institutions in Phnom Penh have attended the competition. The 12 sport units from military court’s football team; the Secretariat of the National Assembly’s football team; CMAC’s football team; Senate’s football team; the National Management for Disaster’s football and volleyball teams; Ministry of Information’s football and volleyball team; Phnom Penh Municipality’s basketball, volleyball and athlete teams; 911 Military Paratrooper’s volleyball team; Institute of Sport and Education’s basketball; Ministry of Interior’s athletes; Ministry of National Defense’s athlete team; and Build Bright United’s athlete teams.
H.E. Bun Sok, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport, said that the event is a chance for all athletes to show their talents in competition to gain success for their sport units. He added that the competition will help the Ministry to select the qualified athletes in preparing upcoming national and international public sport events inside and outside the country.
“I would like to thank and praise the Department of Education Youth and Sport for its good cooperation with MoEYS, organizing this event in Cambodia. This event and activity is not only to provide us to select the talent and qualified sport people but also provides human resources within strong physique, good health, good intelligent, and strong spirit,” he said during his opening remarks at the Public Sport Regional in Phnom Penh Center.
H.E. Bun Sok continued to say that this sport event will also able to provide a solidarity, cooperation and friendship between the Kingdom of Cambodia and other countries in the world like a slogan “sport is diplomacy of peace”.
Under the wisdom leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia has full peace, political stability and security which made Cambodians able to develop their country within development and the progress, he said, adding that and so far, many big achievements such as roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals, have been made by the Royal Government throughout the country.
Besides these achievements above, Cambodia’s sport sector has also been developing and promoting almost every sport and can compete with other counties in the region.
“From now on, I would like to appeal to all sport delegates to pay more attentions and continue to strengthen and enlarge more establishments of the sport associations or clubs among the public ranks in their ministries or communities in cities and provinces across the country so that we can prepare or select the best athletes or qualified sport players for attending the future national and international sports tournaments in the future,” he said.
He added: “I would like also to appeal to all athletes who have participated in this year’s public sport competition that this competition is just to measure about your techniques and capacities and is also to strengthen good cooperation, friendship and solidarity among all participants. Therefore, you have to work hard and try your best to compete with each other to gain victory for your sport units.”
Last year, Cambodia sent 122 athletes to attend the 25th SEA Games in Laos with the participation of 11 countries including Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.
As results, Cambodia athlete teams won 40 medals including three gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from this international competition.
H.E. Bun Sok said that Cambodian sport subjects which won the medals from the 2009 SEA Games are Petangue (two gold medals), (three silver medals and five bronze medals); Wrestling (one gold medal, three silver medals, and three bronze medals); boxing (one silver and four bronze medals); Taekwondo (three silver medals and four bronze medals); Shuttle Cock (seven bronze medals); Wushu (two bronze medals); athletes (one medal); and Tennis (one bronze medal).
In the 2007 SEA Games, in Thailand, Cambodian athletes received 18 medals including two gold medals, five silver and 11 bronze medals from all competitions.
Chan Sam An, Deputy Governor of Phnom Penh Municipality, said due to the progress and the development in Cambodia, so far Cambodian sport has developed and promoted peace, political stability and security prevailing nationwide in Cambodia.
Cambodia’s athletes’ techniques and playing experiences have been also strengthening and developed and can compete with neighboring countries, he noted.
Mr. Meas Sok Chamroeun, Chief of the Public Sport Competition Organizing Committee, said that there are 12 sport units including seven football teams; four volleyball teams; two basketball teams; and four athlete teams in this year’s competition.
The competition has been conducting from the 6th to the 20th of August 2010 at the National Stadium in Phnom Penh, he said, adding that the competition is aimed to select the best athletes to promote the public sports in order to encourage the public to enjoy playing sport and developing the sport in the future in Cambodia.