A week after a football player was gravely injured in a hit-and-run incident, the Cambodian sports community is grappling again with tragedy, this time involving a young and promising taekwondo player.
Local media reports said Yun Sokunkanha, 18, died after finding herself trapped inside her house in Kampong Speu province during a fire incident that occurred on July 5.
Ms Sokunkanha was reportedly in the second floor of the house, and died of smoke suffocation while attempting to find her way out after the fire started on the floor below.
Pictures published by the local media show a three-story concrete house with a blackened interior. The interior of the house appears to have sustained the most damage, while the exterior is largely intact. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Known as a talented and hardworking player, Sokunkanha competed in the National Taekwondo Championships and other local competitions, winning a bronze medal representing Kampong Speu province in a high school tournament.
Ms Sokunkanha’s passing is being mourned by the Cambodia Taekwondo ITF Federation and other people who knew her.
“Cambodia Taekwondo ITF Federation would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family of Ms Sokunkanha,” the Federation said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
Officials from the Cambodia Taekwondo Federation and Kampong Speu Provincial Government visited the family of the athlete to offer condolences and assistance.
Last week, midfielder Teath Kimheng of Visakha football club was seriously injured after a hit-and-run incident in the Boeung Keng Kang area of Phnom Penh.
Teath, who also plays for the Cambodian national football team, sustained injuries to the body and head and was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. His girlfriend, who was also in the crash, died at the scene.