Players from club associations from around the kingdom participated in the 2019 Samdech Vibol Panha Sok An Petanque Games at the weekend to commemorate the founder of the federation, Sok An, a former Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister.
Sok An, who died in 2017, is a former president of the Cambodian Boules and Petanque Federation, and was a keen supporter of the sport.
“The 7th Annam Vibol Panha Sok An Award is sponsored by the family and Samdech Sok An to commemorate the founder and chief development of the sport of boules and Petanque, said Mr. Sar Sokha, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, who presided over the opening ceremony. “[His] merits have created many accomplishments and achievements for us as a generation.”
For Mr. Sokha, the competition is vital to the development of the sport ahead of the 2023 SEA Games.
“With the attention and vision of Sok An, youngsters and under-17s are in training to prepare for the event of the 2023 SEA Games, added Mr. Sokha, who urged the players to do their best to respect the competition and respect the fair principles.
Cambodia’s Federation of Boules and Petanque was inaugurated in 1991 and 28 years later the sport remains among the most important and lucrative for the kingdom internationally with legendary Ke Leng, Sok Chanmean and others leading the charge for medals.