Cambodia’s Fencing Federation is set to host the National Fencing Championships tomorrow with an estimated 65 fencers from around the kingdom testing their skills with the blade.
The Championships, which will take place at Western International School in Phnom Penh.
The competition will be split into Men’s Epee Individual and Women’s Sabre Individual with 5 clubs – Hosanna, HYSA, Western, Santhormok, and Norea – all submitting entrants.
The Federation has invited dignitaries including MR. Te Laurent, Fencing Federation of Cambodia President, as well as Mr. Bruno Gaby, French Fencing coach, and Ouk Sithycheat, Director of Sport at the Ministry of Educatiom, Youth, and Sports.
Fencing, known by Cambodian people in French as “Escrime” and in Khmer as “Jak Sab” was introduced to Cambodia in the 1960s.
However, due to civil war, the sport disappeared. From 2006 onwards, fencing was reintroduced to Cambodians by old fencers and sports officials.
It was further spurred on by the formation of the Fencing Federation of Cambodia (FFC).
The FFC was affiliated with the International Fencing Federation (FIE) and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in 2006 and has been steadily increasing its participation on the international stage.
Cambodia’s fencers train daily with youngsters – both male and female – at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium and at HYSA Sport Club.
As an Olympic sport, fencing receives recognition and funding from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and the NOCC.