Cambodia has been given the rights to host the 43rd South East Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in 2019.
In a statement announcing the decision, Jeffrey Leow, President of the South East Asian Swimming Federation, said that the competition aimed to “…encourage friendly competition and sharing of knowledge between young swimmers in the region. It has since become the major development meet for young athletes.”
This year’s competition was held in July in the Philippines. Vietnam topped the medal table with 119, almost double that of second-placed Thailand. Cambodia failed to register a medal.
The 2019 Phnom Penh edition is pegged for a 28th June, 2019 start date and the newly completed Indoor Swimming and Aquatics Center located at the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex looks to be the most suitable venue – although this is yet to be confirmed.
The Khmer Swimming Federation is also preparing to send selected athletes to Japan for a short training course later this month.
Hem Kiry, secretary general of the Federation, said that 21 members, including coaches, would depart for the technical training sessions in Tokyo and another Japanese city.
In addition to training, participants would also study traditional Japanese culture, customs, and lifestyle.
He added that training was only a first step in the exchange of technical information to encourage closer links between athletes of both countries.