Kingdom celebrates Taekwondo progress

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Taekwondo is growing in popularity in Cambodia. KT/Yeun Punlue

The Cambodia Taekwondo Federation has celebrated the achievements of three young Taekwondo athletes who collected medals at the WT World Taekwondo Hanmadang in South Korea.

Welcoming their arrival yesterday at Phnom Penh International, Kong Sakkada, Secretary General of the Cambodia Taekwondo Federation, said that three young taekwondo players had won 15 medals, with each bringing home five medals; Chun Kim Hak grabbed four gold medals and one silver. Samnang Vanneth took three gold medals, one silver and one bronze, while Sok Seng collected three gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

In February, Cambodia’s National Institutes of Physical Education and Sport (NIPES) took receipt of vital stock of Taekwondo uniforms and equipment.

Kukkiwon, a South Korea-based center for Taekwondo history and world-class Taekwondo, is seeking to establish Taekwondo with the over 80 million people of the global Taekwondo family. Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, provided Taekwondo training uniforms and equipment to assembled athletes.

According to Cambodian national taekwondo coach Choi Yong-sok, the equipment consisted of 100 uniforms, 100 pairs of training boots and was a gift from from Kukkiwon. The NIPES has included Taekwondo in its curriculum since 2007.

Last May, the South Korean Embassy in Phnom Penh announced it had donated Taekwondo uniforms for use in the opening ceremony of the National Games. Over 800 of the uniforms valued at about $20,000 were handed over in a ceremony at the embassy.

Ambassador Nak-young expressed his great pleasure that the Taekwondo competition would be integrated into a major sporting event in Cambodia.

The embassy said it hoped that the handover of Taekwondo uniforms and performances at the National Games would promote the sport of Taekwondo to the wider community and serve as a driving force for cultural exchange.

After the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations in 1997, the relationship between the two has rapidly strengthened. Trade value between the two countries exceeded over $860 million last year, while by latest estimates, 175 Korean companies are invested in Cambodia. Almost 250,000 Koreans visit Cambodia each year, while an estimated 5,000 Koreans residing in the kingdom. Nearly 6,500 Cambodian workers are employed in Korea.

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