Tourism Minister Thong Khon, who is also the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and Cambodia Gymnastics Federation (CGF), is looking after the health and wellbeing of athletes, including gymnasts and members of the national team, amidst the escalating health crisis wrought by the Coronavirus outbreak.
This was the message conveyed by Noy Phanna, secretary-general of the CGF.
Phanna noted that it is normal for the sports leadership in the Kingdom to look after the welfare of athletes whether there is a crisis or not.
“Dr Thong Khon wishes the athletes well and wants them and their parents to check and take care of their health to avoid any problems,” he said.
Phanna said the Minister takes this seriously and wants the best for the athletes, especially with so many of them preparing hard for the 2023 Southeast Asian Games that Cambodia will be hosting.
He said the best thing that athletes can do in these times is to remain healthy and fit, while also training hard by themselves whenever possible.
Phanna expressed confidence that the Cambodian Government will be able to ease the situation with the help of China, which has sent specialists to help the Kingdom deal with the outbreak.
“Our Government is doing well in the fight against Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health and partners are doing all they can, day and night, to inform the people and prevent the spread of the deadly virus,” he said.
“We are optimistic that in two to three months, the situation will improve,” he added.
Earlier, the NOCC reminded Cambodian national athletes to refrain from alcohol and other bad habits and to maintain their readiness until the situation gets back to normal. The NOCC said that athletes should also avoid smoking, too many sweets and salty foods. The players were also advised to get plenty of rest and enough sleep and have discipline when it comes to playing games, watching TV or using Facebook.
So far, Cambodia is dealing with 117 confirmed cases of Coronavirus infection. The Kingdom has yet to record a single fatality arising from the pandemic.