With less than a year of the next Asian Games, Cambodia appears “ready to rumble” in the largest sporting gathering on the continent.
Hangzhou, a city in southern China, will host the next Asian Games from September 10 to 25, 2022.
A senior Cambodian Olympic Committee official revealed earlier that they had already received an invitation from Chinese organizers.
“We have received the invitation. We are ready to participate in the Asian Games 2022. See you in Hangzhou, ”Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic of Cambodia (NOCC), told local media, when asked about Cambodia’s participation in the event. to come.
Some fear Cambodia will struggle to fit the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games into its already busy schedule for next year.
Cambodian athletes will compete in the delayed 2021 Southeast Games, which Vietnam will host from May 12 to 23, 2022.
Cambodia is also in full preparation for the SEA Games 2023. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is another factor to consider, in addition to the 3rd National Games, which sports officials want to organize in November next year.
Cambodia, however, has already demonstrated its ability to participate in international sporting gatherings amid the pandemic.
In August, an eight-member Cambodian delegation, including four athletes, traveled to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The country of 16 million people was also represented at the 2020 Paralympic Games, according to local media.
It is also important to note that many Cambodian national athletes train in China. So technically it wouldn’t be difficult for them to get to Hangzhou.
The NOCC earlier announced that 135 gymnasts, wrestlers, basketball players and other Cambodian athletes will travel to China to train for the 2021 and 2023 SEA Games, Asian Games and other overseas sporting events.
Gymnast Sorn Seavmey won Cambodia’s first gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Cambodia’s gold medal total rose to three after the stellar performances of jiujitsu star Jessa Khan and jetski runner Saly Ou Moeut four years later in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Asian Games are held every four years.
Cambodia has won 10 medals since its first participation in the Asian Games in 1954. The country has also won bronze medals in boxing and swimming.
The country, formerly known as the Khmer Republic, was represented at the 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 Asian Games.
Hangzhou is the third Chinese city to host the Asian Games after Beijing and Guangzhou. Beijing, which subsequently hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, was the site of the 1990 Asian Games. Guangzhou followed in 2010.
However, unlike previous Asian Games, overseas spectators are not allowed to attend upcoming Asian Games for fear that they will become a “super-broadcast” event.
Likewise, Japan has banned fans from other countries from coming to the Tokyo Games to stop the spread of COVID-19, which has already claimed the lives of more than 4.55 million people worldwide.
Many sporting events around the world have been rescheduled or canceled due to the pandemic. But many of them, including soccer matches in Europe (Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, etc.) and tennis tournaments in the United States (Indian Wells, US Open, etc.) have since returned after a year. or several months late.
China must be credited with having largely brought the pandemic under control, despite the fact that the first cases of the coronavirus came out of Wuhan.
Traditional disciplines such as swimming, boxing, canoeing, cricket, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, judo, jiujitsu, shooting, karate, pentathlon, cycling, rowing, rugby, sailing, sepak takraw and horseback riding are among the 40 sports that were included in the final list, according to Chinese media reports.
New entrants include e-sports, sport climbing and roller sports, according to the same reports.