The Cambodia Roller Skate Federation (CRSF) will hold the first-ever roller downhill event in the Kingdom this month.
The 1st Cambodia Roller Downhill, the event’s official name, will be held at the Bokor Mountain in Kampot province on Feb 29.
The route of the race will see the competitors rolling downhill on the Bokor Mountain road for 15 kilometres. The picturesque mountain area is regarded as a perfect spot for roller sports and other sporting activities.
Previously, several mountain bike races and marathons (including the annual Thansur Boor International Half Marathon) were held in the same area.
More than 20 roller skaters from different parts of Cambodia are expected to participate in the quirky competition, which is open to both nationals and foreigners.
Kann Veasna, the founder of CRSF, said the main purpose for holding the event is to promote and develop roller sports in the Kingdom. Veasna also noted that the competition will be a venue for skaters to meet and make friends with their fellow athletes. Davit Som and Veasna are working together to organise the event.
In roller sports, players propel themselves forward either by rolling or by using various pushing techniques. There are many disciplines that fall under roller sports, including inline skating, roller skating, roller derby, jam skating, road skating, grass skiing, freestyle scootering and skateboarding. Some of these disciplines are classified as extreme sports, especially when they involve rolling downhill.
There is a growing interest in roller sports across the nation, particularly with the country’s youth. The CRSF and several other local and international organisations are working to further promote and develop the sport here.
Sports activities like marathons, endurance races, golf tournaments, football competitions and many others are already bringing many visitors to Cambodia. But Veasna said that holding new competitions, such as the Cambodia Roller Downhill, will aid the Kingdom’s effort to attract even more visitors, while showcasing the potential that Cambodia holds in such kind of sports. He is also hopeful that the country will produce champions in the discipline.
“We want to show to the world that Cambodia can do it,” he explained.
Cash prizes, skate equipment and other prizes await the winners of the race and the event is being supported by CIS Roller Dome, RD Coffee and Tusaroth Extreme Media.