Cambodia is planning to send more athletes to China to prepare them for local and international competitions, including the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.
Cambodia is determined to perform well in the 2023 SEA Games, which will be the first time the Kingdom will host the regional sports competition.
The training could also be useful for Cambodian athletes who will compete in the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam.
According to Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee (NOCC), there will be 15 Cambodian athletes who will be sent to China for further training.
The Cambodian athletes will leave for China this coming November.
The training will be a long-term programme where athletes will spend several months in China. The exact venues for the training and the names of the participating athletes/disciplines have not yet been released.
Cambodia has been sending athletes to train in China for the past several years. The Kingdom’s close relationship with the Asian giant plus the fact China is a sports powerhouse makes it a natural destination for athletes in Cambodia eager to improve their capabilities and performance.
It is not only Cambodia which is benefiting from Chinese training assistance. Other countries like Pakistan also regularly send their athletes to China for advanced training.
In the past, Cambodian gymnasts, wrestlers, sailors, and others were sent to China to improve their skills before major international competitions.
In May 2019, five Cambodian wrestlers and a gymnast traveled to China to participate in a five-month training course ahead of the 2019 SEA Games.
Prior to this, gymnast Chhoeun Sokdong was sent to China for training for a few months before the 2018 Asian Games.
Businessman Gordon Tang, the first vice president of the NOCC, often sponsors the training of Cambodian athletes in China and other countries.
In addition to China, Cambodia also sends their athletes to train in Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, France, United States, Australia and other countries.
The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee will reportedly foot the airfare of the latest batch of trainees. Support will also come from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Though the raging coronavirus pandemic could complicate the plans to send the athletes to China, there is still a big chance it will push through with still five months to go before their scheduled deployment date.
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