The Watercraft Federation of Cambodia has announced that it intends to inaugurate an annual series of national and international events to promote the development of the sport in the kingdom.
“Starting in 2019, the Federation will host at least two local events per year, a national level competition to provide opportunities for youth to compete, and secondly, an international competition, said Mr. Nos Sles, president of the Cambodian Watercraft Federation, at yesterday’s General Assembly of the Watercraft Federation of Cambodia (WFC).
“This will allow the country to compete against the regions best. It is a good opportunity to measure the ability of Cambodian players and players in the region. “In accordance with the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport and for development for the 2023 SEA Games,” he added.
The federation is setting out a series of plans for 2019 after a dramatic breakthrough in 2018.
“In 2018 the federation had many achievements, including the Asian Games, said Mr. Sles. “At the same time, there are some shortcomings such as a lack of coaches, referees, infrastructure, and technical equipment.”
Fans will be keen on seeing the progress of Ou Moeut Saly, Cambodia’s 2018 Jakarta Asian Games gold medallist. He has continued to add to his rapidly expanding trophy cabinets after claiming further prizes from international competition in recent competition.
In October, the jetski champion won first prize in the Amateur Ski 1500cc stock event at the 2018 Baili Liujiang International Jetski Open in China.
Ou Moeut, who hails from Thbong Khum province, claimed his 2018 Asian Games gold medal in the ski modified event. Based on accumulated points of four rounds, he saw off Thai duo Teeraprateep Kasidit and Pupakdee Nuttakorin who were awarded silver and bronze respectively. He won a further bronze in the Runabout 1100 Stock with Thai riders Attapon Kunsa and Phadit Buree capturing the top two spots.
“Under the guidance of the NOCC and the MoEYS, we [will] work with experts to collaborate with the international federations to further develop and strengthen our sporting potential,” explained Mr. Sles.