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Cambodia’s re-admission to Asia Rugby under consideration

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Cambodia Federation of Rugby vice president Lun Samedy (C) presides over the meeting. CFR

The Cambodia Federation of Rugby (CFR) is returning to action as the governing body for the rugby union in Asia deliberates on its application for re-admission.

The CFR’s membership in Asia Rugby was suspended a few years ago for various reasons, including lack of documents, players and governance.

According to John Mojsa, rugby development officer of the CFR, they received some good news related to their application.

“We have recently submitted our application to Asia Rugby and have heard good news back. Hopefully, on the 28th of July we will once again be Asia Rugby members,” he said.

Returning to Asia Rugby has been the CFR’s main goal for this year. Membership in that body is expected to bring many benefits as the Federation seeks to promote and develop the sport.

“It will open a lot of opportunities for rugby in Cambodia once the virus pandemic is over,” he noted.

With the easing of restrictions, the CFR is coming up with plans to resume their activities, including a 15-side friendly match.

The pandemic and subsequent sports ban forced the Federation to suspend training and other activities for more than two months.

Before the pandemic struck, the CFR was able to hold a training for twenty Cambodian rugby coaches. The training was conducted by Benjamin van Rooyen, development and participation consultant at Asia Rugby, who traveled to the Kingdom from Dubai in United Arab Emirates.

“Right now we cannot play any official 7’s competitions. As Asia Rugby guidelines suggest, it is not a safe idea and they have also cancelled all of their competitions until 2021,” Mojsa said.

“We are looking to have a one off behind closed doors and another one in the next few weeks. We will have the World Rugby safety guidelines in place, so all players and officials are safe throughout the games,” he added.

The plans for the competition and other rugby-related matters were discussed during a recent meeting presided by CFR vice president Lun Samedy. General Secretary Noun Leng, Mojsa and members Vannak Vireak, Reaksmey, Chon Sophorn and Hun Hean also attended the meeting.

Matters discussed at the meeting included, The ‘Get Into Rugby’ grassroots rugby campaign, U-20 male and female national team, the re-start of men and women’s national team, accomplishments for the last six months and  the master plan for 2021.

“We are continually reviewing the information around COVID-19 so we can prepare correctly and return to rugby safely. It is very exciting times for us and we are ready to get back into things once it is safe to do so,” he ended.

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