Phnom Penh’s Western International School in Sen Sok District was yesterday the scene for the inaugural edition of the Western Cup, a competition organised by the Fencing Federation of Cambodia (FFC) in collaboration with Western International School (WIS).
Competitors participated in the Men’s Epee Individual with Women contesting the Sabre Individual event.
In December, the Fencing Federation hosted the National Fencing Championships with an estimated 65 fencers from around the kingdom showing off their skills with the blade.
Like yesterday’s event, the competition was divided into Men’s Epee Individual and Women’s Sabre Individual with 7 clubs – Hosanna, HYSA, Western, Santhormok, and Norea – all submitting entrants.
Fencing, known by Cambodian people in French as “Escrime” and in Khmer as “Jak Sab” was first introduced to Cambodia in the 1960s.
However, due to civil war, the sport effectively disappeared. From 2006 onwards, fencing was reintroduced to Cambodians by old fencers and sporting officials.
It was further spurred on by the formation of the Fencing Federation of Cambodia (FFC). The FFC was affiliated with the International Fencing Federation (FIE) and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in 2006 and has been steadily increasing its participation on the international stage.
Cambodia’s fencers train daily with youngsters – both male and female – at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium and at HYSA Sport Club.
As an Olympic sport, fencing receives recognition and funding from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and the NOCC.