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Soft Tennis Federation set for a busy season

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The Cambodian soft tennis team arrives at the Phnom Penh airport after the 16th World Championship last year. KT/Yeun Punleau

The Cambodia Soft Tennis Federation (CSTF) is in for a busy season with the coronavirus outbreak in Cambodia largely under control.

According to information from Chea Bunheng, the first vice president of the CSTF, they are now preparing to hold two major local events in the next few weeks.

These two events are the Samdech Sar Kheng Championships and the National Championships.

According to Chea, the two events will be held at the same time from June 15 to 18.

In addition to local events, the CSTF will also have its hands full preparing for a major international soft tennis tournament.

Local media reports revealed Cambodia will host the next Southeast Asia Soft Tennis Championship. This will mark the first time for the Kingdom to host such a prestigious soft tennis event.

There is still no set schedule for the Southeast Asia Championship, but it will likely be held after the National Championship. The coronavirus situation in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia and other countries in Southeast Asia could also be a factor on when the tournament will be held.

Because of the pandemic, many land borders remain closed and air travel between countries in the region is largely restricted.

As the host and an emerging power in soft tennis, Cambodia is expected to do well in the upcoming Southeast Asia Championship. The Philippines is expected to be among its toughest competitors.

Cambodia has been making great strides in soft tennis, a sport that follows the rules and is similarly played to tennis. The main difference between the two sports is the kind of ball and racquet used.

First introduced in Europe in 2004, the sports has spread to other parts of the world and is increasingly becoming popular in Southeast Asia and East Asia. Presently, the sport is mainly played in Japan, South Korea, Philippines, India and Taiwan.

In November last year, Cambodia bagged a gold medal in the 16th Soft Tennis World Championship that was held in Taizhou, China. It was Cambodia’s finest performance in the international stage so far.

During the Southeast Asia Championship two years ago in the Philippines, Cambodia placed second overall. Before that, Cambodia brought home seven medals from the 4th Agel World Tour Asian Soft Tennis Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

The coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged much of the world, is considered under control in Cambodia with no fatalities and only 125 positive cases to date.

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