Despite the ever-present threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Cambodian sports authorities are sparing no effort to prepare the country’s athletes ahead of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.
The various sports federations are coming up with their own preparations as they look to do well and win medals for the country in Southeast Asia’s biggest sports event.
Despite being a newcomer to the scene, the Cambodian DanceSport Federation (CDSF) are among those organisations that are putting every effort to improve technical skills of their athletes and give them a bigger chance come 2023.
The CDSF was formed a few years ago to govern the development of promotion of dancesport, a kind of competitive ballroom dancing. Cambodia has been a provisional member of the World DanceSport Federation since 2017.
This focus was underscored by Nhem Morokat, the president of the CDSF.
In her message during the closing ceremony of a coaches’ training in Phnom Penh a few days ago, Nhem noted that Cambodia has participated and did well in many dancesport competitions abroad.
Danielle Preap and Viktor Chan won gold medals for Cambodia during the Asian Single Dance Championships in Hong Kong two years ago.
Despite that, according to her, they still need to do more, especially that Cambodia will host the SEA Games three years from now.
“As the leader, I will strive for us to organise more training and other activities each year to improve the quality of our athletes and coaches ahead of the 2023 SEA Games,” she stressed.
According to her, they are also aiming to win medals in the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam.
There were 29 coaches from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap that participated in the five-day training course. The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports helped organise the activity, which was held from October 5 to 9 at the NOCC headquarters.
Nhem lauded the participants for their dedication and eagerness to learn more.
“They gained a lot of knowledge about techniques, training methods and other important skills in coaching. Their skills improved a lot,” she pointed out. The training was conducted by seven local and foreign instructors.
Hang Simon, the secretary-general of the CDSF, thanked Nhem and the instructors for taking the time to lead the training. “They were able to share their knowledge and experiences to the participants, while also encouraging them to do better,” she stressed.