Friday, July 29, 2011

10th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship

By Chhay Daroth

Thirteen students from the University of Cambodia (UC) joined the 10th ASEAN Taekwondo Championship Kickoff, hosted by Cambodia at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. The opening ceremony on April 7 was presided over by Lok Chumteav Men Sam An, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and the High Representative of Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen, H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, and Khmer Taekwondo Federation, and Kris Wiluan, President of ASEAN Taekwondo Federation. The championship tournament lasted for three days from April 7-9.

The championship aimed to enhance solidarity, friendship, and cooperation among the people and athletes in ASEAN countries. Lok Chumteav Men Sam An said that this was the first time Cambodia had hosted the taekwondo tournament and that this event was a way to promote tourism in Cambodia.

According to H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, 288 athletes representing eight countries in ASEAN participated in the event: Cambodia (54 athletes); Indonesia (8 athletes); Laos (12 athletes); Malaysia (13 athletes); Philippines (46 athletes); Singapore (22 athletes), Thailand (8 athletes); and Vietnam (112 athletes). He added that six delegates from ASEAN Taekwondo Federation were also in attendance for the event, as well as 25 international referees and judges.

Source: UC Bulletin June 2011, Page 14

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