The discipline of fitness has become an integral component of bodybuilding – so, for administrative convenience, the two distinct branches have been merged to give the sport’s ruling body in the Kingdom a new identity and a new name.
The erstwhile Body Building Federation has been rechristened as the Cambodian Body Building and Fitness Federation, according to Rasmey Sukmongkol, who has taken charge as its president and treasurer.
In an exclusive chat with the Post yesterday about the federation’s plans and initiatives, the new president said a general assembly would be held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, during which the administration structure and future course of action would be formalised.
Rasmey Sukmongkol said an exciting array of competitions awaited Cambodian body builders and, with fitness included as one of the branches of the federation, the sport would be climbing to a new high.
“There are new donors, such as Mike Gainger of Australia, stepping in to bolster our efforts. New avenues have opened up,” the CBBFF president said.
“With the backing of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and several progressive reforms within the federation, I am hopeful that body building will add to Cambodia’s sporting achievements.”
High on the agenda for Saturday’s assembly will be the finalis-ation of the national team and approval for regional affiliation with the Siem Reap-based Angkor Body Building Association.
“We are planning to send a team to the 45th Asian Championships and Latchford Classic in Bangkok from October 2 to 10, and based on the results we can set our sights on the World Championships in Malacca, Malaysia, from November 11 to 14,” Rasmey Sukmongkol said.
“More significantly, Cambodia is among the short-list of five countries bidding for the 3rd WBBF World Championships in 2012 involving 60 plus countries. If awarded, we intend to hold this event in Siem Reap in December, possibly following up on the International Half Marathon.”
NOCC secretary-general Vath Chamroeun, who has been invited to preside over the general assembly, has welcomed the restructuring of the CBBFF as a positive development for the sport.