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Cambodia to hold first major tourney since rejoining Asia Rugby

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The Hanuman Rugby Club battling their opponents in a tournament last year in Phnom Penh. HRC

Five teams will be competing for the crown next month in the first major tournament that Cambodia will hold since being re-admitted to Asia Rugby.

The National Rugby Champion-​ship, as the tournament is officially called, will be held from October 24 to 25, according to John Mojsa, rugby development manager at
the Cambodia Federation of Rugby (CFR).

The tournament will be undertaken by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and CFR.

The five teams that will compete in the tournament are Toa Kom Nach Rugby Club, Hnauman Rugby Club, Garudas Rugby Club, RBA Police Team and Kho Chul Rugby Club.  Each team is composed of 12 players.

“This is a competition for only Khmer nationals. This is so we can start to select the best Cambodian players for the National Team in preparation for Asia Rugby International tournaments and of course our long term goal of 2023 SEA games in Phnom Penh,” Mojsa said.

“To make sure our players and officials are safe, this competition is limited to the top 5 men’s teams only so we can practice the safety guidelines before we invite the female, youth and adaptive rugby squads in November,” he added.

According to him, measures are in place to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

“Due to COVID-19 we must follow the World & Asia Rugby safety guidelines so we have adapted some rules such as scrummaging, social distancing and safety checks on arrival at the stadium,” he said.

Mojsa said they are happy to be back in action, especially with Cambodia becoming a member of Asia Rugby once again.  “It is very exciting that Rugby is finally back into Cambodia and we can finally get the momentum swinging since our associate membership was approved by Asia Rugby,” he stressed.

In July, Cambodia was re-admitted as an associate member of Asia Rugby, together with the rugby federations of Iraq and Palestine. Asia Rugby is the governing body of the popular contact sport in Asia.

At that time, officials of the CFR led by its president Tan Theany said they can move faster to achieve their goals as a member of Asia Rugby.

“Our goal as ever is to provide our participants a fantastic pathway to progress in rugby around Cambodia with our partnerships. We are associated with our Olympic Committee, Ministry of Education and many NGO’s and Schools for rugby growth, and now that we are member of Asia Rugby, we can move faster towards our goals,” she stressed.

 

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