With the Jakarta-Palembang 18th Asian Games 2018 fast approaching, the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) convened a meeting with national sporting federations at its headquarters yesterday.
Summoned to discuss logistical details, the leadership of the Olympic Committee of Cambodia encouraged athletes to make every effort to win national medals and gain experience for future competitions.
Leading proceedings yesterday was Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the NOCC, who advised all federation representatives to plan carefully, as well as ensure that athletes were not using any doping substances.
At the Incheon Asian Games in 2014, Yi Sophany, an 18-year-old Cambodian soft tennis athlete, was dismissed after she tested positive for a banned stimulant.
Sophany’s pre-competition sample had tested positive for the banned substance Sibutramine – an appetite suppressant found in numerous dietary supplements.
Ms Sophany believed that Sting, an energy drink popular in Cambodia, was to blame after conceding she drank up to four cans a day.
“We expect all participants – athletes and coaches – to work together to honour Cambodia,” said Mr.Chamroeun.
Mr. Chamroeun said that Cambodia would participate in 13 sporting discplines with 71athletes set to compete on behalf of the kingdom. The 13 sports were chosen following aseries of discussions between the NOCC and the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports earlier this year.
“These 13 individual sports have a technical quality which Cambodia can compete in against other countries In Asia. They include taekwondo, gymnastics, swimming, athletics, and judo.
In these sports we an expect to have a shot at earning medals,” said Mr. Chamroeun.
At the last edition of the games in Incheon, South Korea, Taekwondo star Sorn Seavmey was the team’s sole medalist bringing the country’s 44-year wait for an Asian Games medal to an end and catapulting herself to superstar status.
The Asian Games delegation will meet Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday where they are set to receive his customary words of encouragement. The first batch of athletes will depart the kingdom for Indonesia on August 14.
The Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games 2018 is expected to kick off on August 18 and will see
more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries descend on Indonesia to compete for medals in 40 sporting disciplines.
Indonesian tourism minister Arief Yahya recently said the country is expected to earn over $220 milion from over 278,000 people involved in the quadriennial sporting spectacle.