A football tournament that commemorates the January 7 Victory Day has commenced.
The January 7 Techo Santepheap, as the competition is officially called, kicked off yesterday at the Old Army Stadium in Phnom Penh.
Chum Kosal, an adviser to Prime Minister Hun Sen and president of Peace Loving Youth League (PLYL), said during the opening ceremony that, in addition to marking the 42nd anniversary of the January 7 Victory Day, the competition also serves to promote sports activities, good health, unity and friendship among the participants. The PLYL is the main organiser of the tournament.
“It will bring together people from all walks of life and help them stay away from mischief,” he stressed.
The Vietnamese Army, together with their Cambodian allies, rolled into Phnom Penh 42 years ago to liberate the Kingdom from the Khmer Rouge. Cultural performances, sports competitions and other activities are held every year to mark the occasion.
Ten teams representing government agencies, private companies and provinces are playing in the tournament. These include TN Kandal, Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, Seven Clean, Khmer United, CCMP FC, 7NG and a team from Ratanakiri province. The teams are divided into two groups.
Big prizes are at stake. The first placer will receive $2,000, while the runner-up will get $1,000.
The tournament was originally scheduled to start in Dec 2020. But it was moved to another date due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent sports ban. The ban was lifted last week, paving for sports activities to resume.
Matches will be played at the Old Army Stadium. The tournament will conclude on Jan 20.