The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) held its General Assembly yesterday at the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex and announced the appointment of senior advisors to help manoeuvre sport in Cambodia in the right direction as it gears up to host the 2023 SEA Games.
Thong Khon, the president of the NOCC and who is continuing in his position, said the new senior advisers – in place between its 7th mandate [2018-2022] – would be integral in leading the development of sports in Cambodia.
The executive committee of national sporting federations backed Khon for another four-year term as president with Sao Sokha as vice-president. Vath Chamroeun, will continue as secretary-general.
A wide range of other appointments were also announced at the day-long event.
Mr Chamroeun in his speech said that ensuring great achievements for Cambodia was important as well as gaining international recognition through medals.
The NOCC said it has targeted medals for the 2023 SEA Games and among the priorities is the Cambodian martial art of Bokator, which the kingdom intends to include at the SEA Games, as well as wrestling, which Cambodia is particularly strong at.
Popular team sports like football, volleyball and basketball will be among those sports in which Cambodia will be striving ahead of 2023.
“These types of sports are a priority for the SEA Games in 2023. Therefore, these athletes are absolutely ready to prepare for medals,” he said.
“Plans set by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will help them meet targets.”
Early last month, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport conducted a workshop at the Himawari Hotel and met with representatives of the various sporting federations as preparation builds towards this year’s biennial National Games – a major part of building towards sporting success in 2023.
The National Games, it said, would be better organised according to coordinators tasked with planning the event. With an enlarged roster of 27 sports taking part, the workshop was aimed at disseminating information for what is hoped will be a bigger and better event.