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Sports activities slowly resume in the Kingdom

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Football, Cambodia’s most popular sport, is expected to resume soon. KT/Yeun Punleau

With the easing of restrictions, sports activities have started or are being planned for the next few days and weeks across Cambodia.

Likewise, tournaments and similar activities that were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely resume soon, with the health crisis largely under control in the Kingdom.

Cambodia presently has 125 cases of coronavirus infection, with only three cases recorded in the last four weeks, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The sports ban, which has been in place since early April, will largely be lifted at the start of June, as per a press release from the MoH.

Beginning today, sports activities will be allowed sans spectators and on the condition that there will no more than 100 people present. Hugging and shaking of hands are also not allowed.

The Cambodia Roller Skate Association headed by its president, Kann Veasna, has already been doing limited training. “We only keep training at the public park,” Kann said.

“And tomorrow (May 31), we plan to go with a few skaters to 7NG to train for speed skating marathon, he added, apparently referring to a future competition.

Rottana Sy, director of Cultivating Cambodia, a Siem Reap-based non-governmental organisation, said sports are getting back in their area. “Many teams are starting to play right now,” he noted.

The other sports federations have not been idle either, with plans afoot for resumption of training and other activities based on the Government-issued guidelines

The Cambodia Basketball Federation (CBF) is preparing for the CBF Congress, which will be held later this month. It is also in the middle of preparations for the 2020 Season of the Cambodian Basketball League, which is planned for the end of June.

Limited to online and individual training in the past, teams in the Metfone Cambodian League are also reportedly looking forward to group training on the pitch in the coming days.

Preparations for their resumption are also being made for the tournaments that were suspended because of the outbreak.

“Yes we are planning to return. But I think not now,” Lalian Lauros, chairman of the Pinoy Volleyball Sports Club in Cambodia League (PVSCCL), said.

The second season of the PVSCCL, which was being held at the Premium Sports Club, had to be suspended a few months ago because of the health crisis.

She said they plan to resume this month if the coronavirus problem is already under control and when the Government advises that indoor and outdoor activities are already allowed.

There is still some confusion arising from the Government’s latest order, according to various sources.

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