The Cambodia ITF Taekwondo Federation has sent seven athletes to compete at the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Junior and Veteran World Championships currently underway in Minsk, Belarus.
Cambodia have placed high hopes on the chance of medals with leaders of the federation urging competitors to do their best to bring silverware home.
Keo Remy, president, advised coaches and players maintain respect, discipline and keep to the competition rules. He also said it was important for athletes to avoid using any performance enhancing drugs and avoid any actions which could bring the country into disrepute.
It is the second time for Cambodia to participate. In 2002, the kingdom won a bronze medal. There will be more chances for medals this year as Cambodian will compete in 45kg, 51kg, 57kg, 64kg and a veterans event.
The kingdom recently saw much success in May at the 9th Asian Taekwon-Do ITF Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Cambodia sent 24 athletes to compete for medals in the regional event with competitors among a field of 20 other nations. 13-year old Sopheak Chan Oudom topped the medal tally for Cambodia, with a remarkable haul of three gold, a silver and a bronze. Other medallists included Pal Chivorn and Mat Sok Mean.
Upon their return the athletes, coaches, and ITF Cambodia Federation officials met Prime Minister Hun Sen where they were handed their cash prizes. Chan Oudom, with his arm in a sling, was the recipient of the largest prize of $17,000 (72,000,000 riel) from the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, as well as a further $ 17,000 from the Prime Minister in a private capacity.
In March, The Taekwondo Federation (ITF) said it would be pushing to include the sport at the 32nd Phnom Penh SEA Games in 2023.