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Koreans donate to wrestling team

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Mr. Oh Nak-young (second from left), Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Cambodia, presents a donation to members of the Cambodian Wrestling team, and the NOCC. Supplied

Mr. Oh Nak-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Cambodia, presented wrestling uniforms, shoes and other equipment valued at $ 5,000 to members of the kingdom’s Wrestling Team, and representatives from the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

“I hope that by continuing to cooperate and exchange experiences in the sport, it will help the people of the two countries become more intimate,” explained the Ambassador.

The event was presided over by Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the NOCC and who also serves as president of the Cambodian Wrestling Federation, Mr. Kang Den Piseth, vice-president of the federation, Mr. Thin Vichet, the secretary general, and Mr. Kim Sukil, coach of the national team.

Female wrestler and now coach Chov Sotheara, among the Kingdom’s most decorated athletes with multiple SEA Games’ medals to her credit, was also in attendance.

“Through the ‘Partnership on Sports’ of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, we always support materials used for Cambodia’s wrestling team every year, and we are very happy with the efforts of the coach and the national team over the past 5 years,” reads a statement issued by the Embassy.

“We hope that the national wrestling team will register another success at the Asian Games to be held soon in Jakarta,” it adds.

Earlier this year, the South Korean Embassy in Cambodia donated taekwondo uniforms for use at the opening ceremony of the Second National Games. The presentation of the 800 uniforms was valued approximately $20,000.

Last month, the Cambodian Taekwondo Federation (CTF) sent 50 Taekwondo trainers and athletes for training in Seoul.

Senior trainer at CTF, Mr. Cheat Khemra said the training would help to develop capacity for trainers and athletes ahead of the 18th Asian Games.

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