Sovannaphum Life Assurance and partners are organising a major running event that is geared towards inspiring and promoting the participation of women in sports.
Called Women Run 10K, the event will be held in Phnom Penh on March 8, according to a Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC). It will be the first time that such event will be held in Cambodia.
The race will be held as part of the International Women’s Day celebration. Observed every March 8, the International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women.
During a media briefing at the NOCC headquarters yesterday, Chamroeun said they wanted more women to participate in sports. Such activities, according to him, are good at drawing the interest and participation of women.
He said more women in sports will be good for Cambodia, especially with the Kingdom preparing to host the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.
While the number is still small compared to men, more Cambodian women are joining and have excelled in local and international sports competitions. In the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, women athletes won three of the four gold medals that Cambodia won.
Chamroeun said they are expecting more than 5,000 locals and foreigners to join the event. “I am encouraging our athletes and students to join as well,” he said.
Koy Pisey, secretary of state at the Ministry of Tourism; Sem Phalla, Cambodia Events Organiser director, and Tan Jiak Hiang, ceo of Sovannaphum Life Assurance, were also present during the briefing.
Tan, for his part, noted the significance of holding the event as part of the International Women’s Day celebration and stressed that it will encourage women to break frontiers.
Tan noted that many Cambodian women have made significant achievements in the areas of business, government and other sectors. He said they wanted more of them to “break frontiers”, especially in sports.
He also said that it will help towards achieving gender equality. Tan said that they are already working on that goal, noting that more than 50 percent of their employees are women.
Running, according to Tan, will also keep women fit and builds endurance. “We want to thank NOCC for endorsing and supporting this event,” he stressed.
There are two categories for the race: 10K and 4K. The route for the race will pass through Koh Pich, Wat Botum, Sothearos Boulevard, Wat Ounalom and other interesting spots in Phnom Penh.
The race is a collaboration between Sovannaphum Life, Cambodia Events Organiser, NOCC and other partners.
Sovannaphum Life was borne out of a partnership between Canadia Investment Holding and Muang Thai Life Assurance of Thailand. The company has been operating in Cambodia since 2016. In 2018, it was recognised as the fastest growing life insurance company in Cambodia.
The race is open to both men and women. Deadline for registration is on February 21.
Races, marathons and other running competitions are gaining popularity in Cambodia, with events held year-round. The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon and Phnom Penh Half Marathon were among the notable running events held last year.