Sar Sokha, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, called upon members at the Ministry and other sporting federations of Cambodia to work towards increasing the kingdom’s sporting prowess.
Speaking at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting 2017-2018, and 2019, Mr. Sokha said federations must work harder towards SEA Games 2023 and warned against nepotism.
“I would like to urge the heads of the department of Education [and sport federations] to take care and widen the scope of our work,” Mr. Sokha said. “Choosing a national squad or team player should be on merit and ability and not by choosing brothers or friends priority. We must give an opportunity to all.”
Mr. Sokha said he had learnt that some highly talented athletes lost out on the chance of competing in national competition due to irregularities by decision makers.
Mr. Sokha said he also hoped efforts would go towards improving the competitiveness of Cambodian athletes on a regional level – especially against their Asean neighbours.
“For me, personally, I’m not satisfied with the outcome of [recent] games and what we have achieved [so far],” he said. “We only aim to [defeat] Brunei and Laos, and if we do not win then we accept a draw. We must also compete against other Asean nations like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.”
Also speaking at the event was Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, who said that support, financial bonuses, and rewards for players and coaches via the Ministry of Education would enable athletes to continue to work on improvement and bringing glory to the kingdom.