The Cambodia Boxing Federation (CBF) has officially announced the players who will compete for the country in the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
CBF officials headed by Secretary General Buy Sophoan presented to the media yesterday at the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) headquarters the eight boxers who will don the colours for Cambodia in the regional sports competition.
Included in the Cambodia roster are six male and two female boxers.
The male boxers are Rangsey Sao, Non Bang, Sieknin Nat, Viset Sim, Daroth Yon and Songmeng Siv. The female boxers are Sreypov Nao and Sreykhouch Vy.
Sao will compete in the light flyweight division (46-49 kg), Bang in flyweight (52 kg), Nat in Bantamweight (56 kg), Sim in lightweight (60 kg), Yon in light welterweight (64 kg) and Siv in middleweight (75 kg).
On the women side, Nao will battle in the flyweight division (51 kg), while Vy is slated to compete in the lightweight category (60 kg).
All the boxers, who wore their uniforms for the SEA Games, were present at the gathering. The players will be accompanied to Manila by team officials Yavyen Chhoeung, Sophal Ven and Rolando Castellano Rodriguez.
Casey Barnett, the president of CamEd Business School, said in an interview that they are optimistic on the prospects of Cambodian boxers in the SEA Games.
Mr Barnett, who was also present during the event, is a member of the boxing organising committee. He also helped sponsor the training of two boxers and one official in Japan. The rest of the boxers and officials trained in Thailand.
“We are targeting two bronze medals in boxing this time,” he stressed. Cambodia has yet to win a gold or a silver medal in SEA Games boxing.
Mr Barnett particularly pointed to Nat as Cambodia’s best hope in the SEA Games. Nat, who has been a mainstay for the national team since 2012, won a bronze medal in the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia.
According to Mr Barnett, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand presented the strongest challenge for Cambodia. “These countries, especially the Philippines, have good boxers,” he noted.
According to a report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippines will bring out some of its best boxers for the SEA Games, including world champion Nesthy Petecio, who will banner the women’s team. The men’s team will be led by Charly Suarez, who has competed internationally since 2016 and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
The Cambodian boxers, coaches and other officials will depart for the Philippines on December 3, according to a schedule of departure provided to the local media earlier.
The 2019 SEA Games will be held in Manila, Philippines from Nov 30 to Dec 11.