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Kampong Chhnang tops Nat’l Gymnastics Championship

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CGF President Thong Khon and Secretary-General Noy Phanna with the winning teams. KT/Yuen Punlue

The team from Kampong Chhnang province bested seven other teams from Phnom Penh and other provinces to top Cambodia’s biggest gymnastics event.

The National Gymnastics Championship and 4th President’s Cup 2020 was delayed several times due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But with the pandemic now largely under control, the Cambodia Gymnastics Federation (CGF) was finally able to stage the event from Jan 14 to 19 at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

Despite the current health situation, the number of participants almost remains the same compared to the previous years. Eight teams and 61 gymnasts from Phnom Penh and four other provinces competed in this year’s national championship. The 2019 edition of the event drew eight teams and 64 players.

The participants competed in 13 artistic and aerobics categories.

The teams from Kampong Chhnang and Ministry of Interior (MOI) both won four gold medals, but the provincial team ranked higher by virtue of having more silver medals.

Kampong Chhnang also won five silver and three bronze medals. The MOI team, meanwhile, took home four silver and five bronze medals.

Third place went to the team from Kratie province. Kratie bagged four gold, one silver and four bronze medals. Takeo province, which recorded one gold and four silver medals, placed fourth overall.

Noy Phanna, secretary-general of CGF, said he observed a lot of improvement, especially on technical skills, among many of the athletes.

“Their technical skills have steadily improved,” he pointed out.

This could bode well for a country that is aiming to win medals in the sport in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.

During the opening ceremony, Tourism Minister Thong Khon, who is also the president of CGF, encouraged the participants to work harder with an eye towards the upcoming SEA Games.

“We must be ready for the 2023 SEA Games,” he said, while also reminding them of the approaching 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam. Gymnastics is a common fixture in the region’s biggest sports event.

The national championship gives gymnasts from across the Kingdom a platform where they can showcase their abilities. The top performers often receive an invite to join the national team.

As members of the national team, these gymnasts get the chance to go abroad for training or for competition.

China has agreed to sponsor the training of 100 Cambodian athletes, including 10 gymnasts ahead of the 2023 SEA  Games, according to the CGF president.


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