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Preparing for Rio Taekwondo stars to train in S Korea

Asian Gold medalist Sorn Seavmey and SEA Games star Cheung Puthearim accompanied by their coach Choi Yong Sok are now in South Korea for a one-month training camp before taking part in an Olympic Qualifying event in the Phillipines on April 16 and 17 at the Marriot Convention Center Grand Ballroom in Pasay, Manila.

The top two athletes from each of the four weight division on offer in Manila for women will qualify for this year’s Olympics in August.

The Rio Summer Games hopefuls were felicitated last Friday by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chounarong and director-general of Sports Ouk Sotheycheat.

“This is a great opportunity for these martial artists to train with some of the best in the sport so that they can improve their techniques.

It is difficult for them to get quality players to train with at home and this is a chance for them to soak up new experiences’’ deputy chairman of Taekwondo Federation Chrin Sothea said.

The training camp in Korea, which began on Thursday, will conclude on April 10 after which the Cambodian squad will fly to Manila for a shot at Olympic qualification.

“Hopefully the two players get through this tough test and head to Brazil where 45 countries will be competing in this discipline,” said coach Choi Yong Sok.

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