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National Cycling Championship 2020 slated for next month

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The national championship will help Cambodian riders compete better against their counterparts from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia. KT/Yuen Punlue

Cambodian riders are readying themselves for the National Cycling Championship 2020 next month.

The Cambodian SEA Games Organizing Committee (CAMSOC) announced that Cambodia’s biggest cycling event will be held on December 5 in Siem Reap province.

This will be the second major event that the CCF will hold after the coronavirus pandemic struck. The first one is the ongoing Cambodia MTB Series 2020.

Nou Chamroeun, secretary-general of the Cambodia Cycling Federation (CCF), said in the CAMSOC report that the competition, with its emphasis on following international standards, will help improve the technical skills of Cambodian cyclists ahead of the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.

Sports officials are sparing no effort, with Cambodia set to host the region’s biggest sports event in less than three years.

Thirty national team players and more than 300 other cyclists representing clubs in Phnom Penh and other provinces are expected to compete in the national championship.

The national championship will feature road bike and mountain bike races.

There are three categories under the road bike race: Elite, Junior and Master. The four categories that fall under the MTB race are Junior, Elite, Master and Women.

This year’s national championship is putting emphasis on racing according to international standards, with the aim of giving Cambodian riders a better chance against their counterparts from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore and Brunei.

Despite a lack of international exposure, Cambodian riders did well during the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.

Local cyclists also exceeded the expectations of many during the ‘1st World Cycling Tour of Cambodia Bay’. The international race, which was held from January 3 to 6, was the biggest-ever cycling event hosted by the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and CCF President Pan Sorasak have provided financial assistance and other support to the tournament. Support is also coming from the BMW Motorcycle Club Cambodia.

Veterans Kim Chantou and San Namav won the first and second places in the National Cycling Championship 2019, which was held in Pursat province. More than 80 local and foreign riders joined the race last year.

Strict health protocols like social distancing and temperature checks will be in place to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, according to the CAMSOC report.


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