Sports activities are back in Cambodia.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) announced the lifting of
the latest ban on sports and related activities.
In the same announcement, the MoEYS also allowed the Olympic Stadium and private and public educational institutions in Phnom Penh and Kandal province to re-open.
“The Ministry will now allow sports and fitness activities to resume from November 19 onwards,” part of the announcement read.
The MoEYS also reminded everyone to remain vigilant, wear masks, observe social distancing and follow other health and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The sports sector welcomed this new development.
“Good news campers. Supreme Basketball Training Camp Season 3 is back this coming Sunday, November 22nd. The Government allowed all sports activities to resume. Back to the grind,” the camp organisers said on Facebook.
Likewise, Austin Koledoye, secretary-general of Cambodia Basketball Federation (CBF), was elated at the news.
“CBF is happy to be back. We are looking forward to a very competitive playoffs. The title is still up for grabs among six teams. The finals will be on December 20. Strict health protocols will be in place. We are appealing to our fans to watch the games from home,” he said.
Koledoye disclosed that they are also planning to hold a men and women’s 3×3 tournament and other activities in December. “The High School Basketball League will conclude the end-of-year activities for CBF,” he said.
The ban latest ban was introduced two weeks ago in the aftermath of the ‘November 3 incident’. More than 1,100 people in the Kingdom were tested for the virus after coming in close contact with visiting Hungarian Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Peter Szijjarto.
Szijjarto, who had meetings Prime Minister Hun Sen and other Government officials, was found positive of COVID-19 shortly after leaving Cambodia, leading to a major virus scare and mass testing that later became known as the
‘November 3 incident’.
The ban ‘severely affected’ the sports sector, with tournaments cancelled or postponed. The Women’s League, Cambodian League 2, Cambodian Basketball League, National Boxing Championship 2020, National Triathlon Championship 2020 and Kulen Mountain Trek Run were among the sports activities affected by the ban.
The Cambodian Government first introduced a sports ban in April, before lifting it two months later.