The Cambodian Gymnastics Federation has sent an athlete to China to participate in intensive training ahead of the upcoming 2018 Jakarta Asian Games in Indonesia next month.
Speaking at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Tuesday evening, Noy Sophanna secretary general of the Federation, said training for Chhoeun Sokdong would focus on floor techniques and jumping. “We will focus on his basic training so we can be competitive when the SEA Games in the Philippines comes around in 2019.”
The secretary general noted that training costs would be borne by the Royal Government of Cambodia through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. A monthly stipend would be provided via the Federation itself, while the Chinese authorities also agreed to support the athletes.
“It’s the second time our federation has sent athletes to train in China. Last year we sent Sam Sarim to practice, said the secretary general.
“This time, we had planned to send two but one of our athletes has a knee problem so we can only send one. Sokdong, will practice in Nanning, China for 40 days. We need this is if we are to be ready for the August Asian Games in Indonesia and to prepare for the SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019.”
“We must work hard to prepare for this year’s Asian Games, said the secretary general. “Not only Asian Games but also in other international events in the near future. We need to get better results for the nation,” he added. In 2016, Sor Sopheng, Choeun Chanbory, and Sor Sokim took part in the FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships in Incheon, South Korea. Gymnastics was also included in the recent Second National Games of Cambodia.