Chef de Mission calls on national teams to maintain fighting spirit at Games

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SEA Games Cambodia Chief of Mission Vath Chamroeun speaks during a press conference. CAMSOC

The Chef de Mission of SEA Games Cambodia, Vath Chamroeun, asked the representatives of all national sports federations who will participate in the upcoming SEA Games in Vietnam to motivate and encourage their teams to develop a fighting spirit and courage. He urged them to strive for technical excellence and win medals for the nation.

With the games being the main focus, Chamroeun – who is also the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia – held a meeting with representatives of the 33 national sports federations to discuss all issues and ensure that the trip to Vietnam will go smoothly. .

“Today’s meeting – held under the leadership of [Minister of Tourism] Thong Khon, deputy president of the games, must send a message to all sports federations to be well prepared and ensure that their athletes are healthy and safe before flying to the games. Federations must prepare the required documentation and ensure that all necessary preparations are completed before the games start,” he said.

He encouraged federations to ensure they have clear information on start dates, match days and venues for each event from Vietnamese organizers. They should each appoint a competent management team, as joint cooperation between all federations and the management of the national team would prove crucial to ensure the smooth running of their participation.

“Most importantly, we have to focus on the athletes. They are the protagonists and those who must fight in the search for technical excellence and success, so they must be properly prepared, both physically and mentally,” he said. “We should focus on their minds. Athletes must be strong and brave, while maintaining the high level of skill we know they possess. They must be motivated by a fighting spirit that pushes them to give their all.

“I would like to once again send a message to all the Cambodian national athletes who carry our hopes ahead of the games. We must do our best to take care of their health and ensure that they remain disciplined. May our participation in SEA Games take place safely and may we return to the kingdom with the victories we all dream of,” he added.

According to the official list of delegates seen by The Post on April 19, Cambodia will compete in 33 sports at this year’s SEA Games with a total of 550 delegates.

The Kingdom will send 237 male athletes and 126 female athletes, 93 coaches or assistant coaches and 19 doctors. Sixteen referees and 35 sports officials will join the trip – along with 22 presidents or general secretaries of specific sports bodies. Four members of the Cambodian Anti-Doping Agency will accompany the team.

The 33 sports that Cambodia will play in Vietnam are divided into three categories.

The first (compulsory sports) includes athletics, swimming and finswimming.

The second (Olympic and Asian) includes gymnastics (aerobics), shooting, taekwondo, cycling, fencing, judo, wushu, wrestling, boxing, karate, dance, triathlon, jujitsu , weightlifting, canoeing/kayak, football (U20), volleyball (board and beach, basketball (3×3 and 5×5), sepak takraw, table tennis and golf.

The third (Local and traditional sports) includes Vovinam, Khmer kun boxing, kickboxing, pétanque and bodybuilding.

Billiards, snooker, electronic sports and Xiangqi competitions will also be listed.

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