Cambodia’s National Olympic Committee (NOCC) has said the Kingdom is “ready” to compete in the upcoming Asian Games.
Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the NOCC, confirmed yesterday that he had received an invitation from the organizing committee for the 2022 Asian Games.
The 2022 Asian Games are scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10 to 25, 2022. Hangzhou will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian Games after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.
“We have received the invitation. We are ready to participate in the Asian Games 2022. See you in Hangzhou, ”said Chamroeun.
The organizing committee sent out invitations to the 45 members of the Asian Olympic Council. Macau also admitted to receiving the same invitation five days ago.
The NOCC mentioned the number of athletes Cambodia will send to China this time.
The upcoming Asian Games will involve 40 sports, including water sports, baseball, board games, boxing, canoeing, cricket, cycling, horse riding, e-sports, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, judo, jiu-jitsu, kabaddi, karate, kurash, modern pentathlon, roller sports, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, sport climbing, squash , table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.
Cambodia was represented by 43 athletes at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Cambodian athletes competed in 13 sports, including athletics, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, judo, fencing, wrestling, sailing, jet ski, karate, swimming, soft tennis, canoeing and gymnastics.
Cambodia won a total of three gold medals in taekwondo (Sorn Seavmey), jiu-jitsu (Jessa Khan) and jet ski (Saly Ou Moeut) at the 2018 Asian Games.
This was Cambodia’s biggest harvest of gold medals since joining the Asian Games in 1990. Due to an ongoing civil war, Cambodia sent a team to the Asian Games between 1979 and 1989.
Cambodia was represented by 17 athletes at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, 22 athletes at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China and 20 athletes at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
In Incheon, Seavmey won Cambodia’s very first gold medal after a 44-year wait.
China are favored to repeat after a dominant finish at the 2018 Asian Games. The Asian powerhouse won a total of 290 medals (132 gold, 92 silver and 66 bronze) at the Jakarta Games.
The Asian Games are held every four years.