ITF Executive Director of Development Dave Miley (left), NOCC Secretary General Vath Chamrouen (centre) and TFC Secretary General Tep Rithivit discuss issues regarding tennis in Cambodia during a meeting at the NOCC Headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun
International Tennis Federation Executive Director of Development, Dave Miley, has indicated that tennis’ world governing body could potentially fund resurfacing of all eight courts at the National Sports Complex if they were made available for use to the Tennis Federation of Cambodia for their programmes.
“We will help redo the courts if we get an assurance that the TFC can use them,” said Miley after a meeting yesterday with National Olympic Committee of Cambodia Secretary General Vath Chamroeun.
“They are ideally located but not being put to optimum use,” he added.
“I do not know the background and I dont want to go into it, but I see no reason why those courts cannot be used for kids projects like Tennis 10s. It will benefit hundreds of kids.”
On the last of his three days visiting the Kingdom, the ITF chief spent nearly an hour with the NOCC official discussing wide ranging issues involving tennis.
Miley said he had thanked the NOCC for its active cooperation in conducting a Level One Olympic Solidarity coaching course and in evolving a national coaching structure.
For his part, Vath Chamrouen cited sheer misunderstanding for the impasse on use of the courts next to Olympic Stadium.
“The NOCC and the TFC will have to discuss this issue bilaterally first and I am confident we can find a solution,” he said, while assuring Miley that the issue would be taken up with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, to which the property belongs.
TFC Secretary General Tep Rithivit also attended the meeting.