The Chairman of the ITF Taekwondo Federation of Cambodia was recognised by the Taekwondo Federation ITF of Malaysia for his work in growing the development of the sport in Southeast Asia.
Keo Remy, also a President of the Southeast Asian Taekwon-Do Federation – ITF, was handed the award on the sidelines of the 1st ASIA Pacific ITF Taekwon-Do (school) Championships currently underway in Malaysia.
Although Cambodia did not send athletes to compete, Mr. Remy promised he hoped an ITF Southeast Asia Championship would be held in the kingdom by 2020.
An official bid for inclusion of the ITF-iterant of Taekwon-do in the 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games was made by the Southeast Asian Federation of ITF-Taekwondo in December.
In March 2017, during the annual meeting of Southeast Asian ITF Taekwon-do federations, Mr. Remy noted the Taekwondo Federation (ITF) would be pushing to include the sport at the 2023 Games.
The bid for inclusion garnered official support from regional neighbours Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia. Latest developments resulted in an official bid for inclusion made by the Southeast Asian ITF Taekwondo Federation with an official letter addressed to Thong Khon, President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC). A final decision on inclusion is yet to be reached.
The SEA Games already hosts a WTF Taekwondo event, however, the ITF equivalent is not yet a regular on the region’s biggest sporting spectacle.
The ITF-iterant is characterised as more traditional and focused on self-defense and is also often called a North Korean school of Taekwondo.
Last August, ITF Cambodian fighters brought back silver and bronze medals from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Junior and Veteran World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Chan Tharath, 15, garnered a silver medal after progressing through the round only to lose out to his Russian opponent in the final of the -49kg category.
Prior to the final, he was ranked number 1 in the group before defeating opponents from Estonia, Greece, Japan, Argentina, Jordan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. A further bronze also boosted the kingdom’s tally in Minsk.
The kingdom also saw much success at last May’s 9th Asian Taekwon-Do ITF Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.