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Officials praise kingdom’s Taekwondo competitors

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Cambodia Taekwon-do ITF athletes compete at the 1st National Student Games. Keo Remy - ITF Taekwondo

Cambodia Taekwon-do ITF Federation chiefs have praised its young athletes after competing at the 1st National Student Games here in Phnom Penh.

Keo Remy, President of Southeast Asian Taekwon-Do Federation – ITF and Chairman of the Taekwon-do Federation of Cambodia, said he was delighted that the Ministry established the Student Sports Program.

“Firstly, the attention to training is a good thing and [competitions] are a great addition to allow new resources to be made available, said Mr. Remy. “This leads to further medals and success for Cambodia.”

The president also praised the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for hosting a national youth sporting competition.

“The training of these young people means Cambodia’s sporting sector will grow even further,” he said.

The federation in December held an event to celebrate International Human Rights Day. In an effort to bolster support of its bid at 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games inclusion.

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.

Mr. Remy revealed the bid was first discussed in March 2018, during the annual meeting of Southeast Asian ITF Taekwon-do federations. The bid for inclusion garnered official support from regional neighbours Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia.

Latest developments have 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).

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.

In their most recent outing in August 2018, ITF Cambodian fighters brought back silver and bronze medals from the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Junior and Veteran World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

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