Cambodia’s Karate progress hailed

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166 competitors from around Cambodia descended on Phnom Penh to show off their skills. KT/Yeun Punlue

Cambodia’s Karate Federation wrapped up a three-day 2019 National Selection Championships at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, with the organisers hailed for efforts in engaging youngsters in the Japanese martial art.

Some 166 competitors from around the kingdom descended on the capital to show off their skills and hone their talents in front of Federation members and representatives from other provincial clubs.

Aun Pornmoniroth, president of the Cambodia Karate Federation, in his closing address on Monday explained the great strides made in the martial art by its proponents here.

“I would like to commend the efforts of all the club delegates, especially the players, the teachers and coaches who participated in the championships, said Mr Pornmoniroth who is also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance. “I would also like to thank the organising committee for leading the tournament smoothly.”

“The Karate National Championships is important because not only does it promote health, friendship and solidarity among karate practitioners but also plays a large part in measuring our progress – both of players and of the federation, said Mr Pornmoniroth.

“In addition, the tournament has also enabled coaches to select the best players for national and international sporting events, especially the Phnom Penh SEA Games coming up in 2023.”

“The federation is taking continuous steps to ensure the governance of Karate affairs in a cohesive and unified manner around the country, he said.

“There should not be clubs outside the membership of the Karate Federation. We need to join together to improve the quality of professional karate and if our athletes are to win gold, silver and bronze medals at international competitions. We need to promote national karate excellence,” he continued.

In closing, the president said he hoped to help foster the spirit of the karate family and to promote the development of the sport here – especially in preparation for the Phnom Penh 2023 SEA Games.

Despite its small size, Cambodia has fared well in martial arts competition in recent years. Cambodian athletes have garnered medals in fight sports as diverse as Vovinam, Taekwon-Do, and Karate.

In 2018, Cambodia’s Karate-Do team was hailed after returning with a gold medal from the Thailand Open Karate-Do Championship 2018 in Bangkok.

Over 830 players from 27 Asian countries took part in the championships with Lach Rayouth emerging as Cambodia’s only medallist winning his Gold in the Male Under-12 singles.

Also in 2018, the Cambodian Karate team captured five medals from the 7th Southeast Asia Karate Federation Championships in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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