The Cambodian Gymnastics Federation revealed it was working hard to push for the development of the sport in the kingdom ahead of the end-of-year 2019 Manila SEA Games.
“Since 2016, after two years of preparation, things seems to have changed, especially with our young players, said Noy Sophanna, secretary general of the Federation. “2019 is a special year in which we will have a lot of chances for improvement. While the federation has to increase international standard coaching and training our judges to a higher level.”
With Phnom Penh hosting the 2023 SEA Games, the federation said it also had longer-term development aims. In 2019, the federation said it hoped to hold a national championships ahead of the Manila SEA Games. The games will host 529 events in 56 sporting disciplines in what is expected to be the largest event in its history.The 30th edition of the SEA Games will be hosted in Manila between November 30 to December 10
The secretary general acknowledged that while it was unlikely the Cambodian gymnasts would snatch a podium place, the competition would prove invaluable experience. In March, the federation intends to send two young athletes for long-term training in China. They will train until the start of the 2019 Manila SEA Games.
There are nine clubs throughout the country although the Federation said facilities were in need of much improvement.
Last July, the federation sent Chhoeun Sokdong to China to participate in intensive training ahead of the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
Training costs were borne by the Royal Government of Cambodia through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. A monthly stipend was provided via the Federation itself, while the Chinese authorities also agreed to support the athletes.
In 2016, Sor Sopheng, Choeun Chanbory, and Sor Sokim took part in the FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships in Incheon, South Korea. Gymnastics was also included in the recent Second National Games of Cambodia.