Cambodia’s National Institutes of Physical Education and Sport (NIPES) took receipt of vital stock of Taekwondo uniforms and equipment in a handover ceremony yesterday.
Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, provided Taekwondo training uniforms and equipment to assembles athletes.
Kukkiwon, a South Korea-based center for Taekwondo history and world-class Taekwondo, is seeking to establish Taekwondo with the over 80 million people of the global Taekwondo family.
Minister Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, and Oh Nak-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Cambodia also attended the event.
According to Cambodian national taekwondo coach Choi Yong-sok, the, the equipment consisted of 100 uniforms, 100 pairs of training boots and was a gift from from Kukkiwon. The NIPES has included Taekwondo in its curriculum since 2007.
In November, World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue delivered a taekwondo development fund during his recently concluded whistle stop tour of the Cambodian capital. The president also attended the opening ceremony of the 2018 Cambodia National Taekwondo Championships at the South Korean-built Booyoung Khmer Taekwondo Center.
Mr. Chuon Naron, who also serves as President of the Cambodian Taekwondo Federation, was thankful for the continued contribution of South Korea to Taekwondo development in the kingdom.
Cambodia is set to organise a tournament in July with the Minister also saying he would consider expanding the existing taekwondo curriculum available to young Cambodians.
Last May, the South Korean Embassy in Phnom Penh announced it had donated Taekwondo uniforms for use in the opening ceremony of the National Games. Over 800 of the uniforms valued at about $20,000 were handed over in a ceremony at the embassy.
Ambassador Nak-young expressed his great pleasure that the Taekwondo competition would be integrated into a major sporting event in Cambodia.
The embassy said it hoped that the handover of Taekwondo uniforms and performances at the National Games would promote the sport of Taekwondo to the wider community and serve as a driving force for cultural exchange.
After the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations in 1997, the relationship between the two has rapidly strengthened. Trade value between the two countries exceeded over $860 million last year, while by latest estimates, 175 Korean companies are invested in Cambodia. Almost 250,000 Koreans visit Cambodia each year, while an estimated 5,000 Koreans residing in the kingdom. Nearly 6,500 Cambodian workers are employed in Korea.