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Russians spring for gym gear

The Cambodia Gymnastics Federation received a fabulous Lunar New Year gift in the form of equipment worth $20,000 from Russia last week.

Dmitry Tsvetkov, the Russian ambassador to Cambodia, handed over to Thong Khon, the Tourism Minister and president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, a set of Tambling (road floor), as well as a set of mini trampolines and run mats at the CGF headquarters.

The handover ceremony was also attended by Salomatov Vsevolod, the director of international relations and cooperation of the Russian Gymnastics Federation.

Thanking Russia for this act of generosity, Khon, who also heads the CGF, revealed that Russia would continue to support Cambodia with materials and human resources training in the future.

The secretary-general of CGF, Noy Phana, said the federation was pleased with this timely gift since the training of gymnasts has been adversely affected by lack of equipment.

Phana also acknowledged the fact that CGF had been receiving training materials as donations from various other countries such as China and South Korea.

The International Gymnastics Federation’s also contributed last year with a set of flooring mats and jumping horses that cost nearly $100,000.

According to the CGF secretary-general, aerobic gymnastics has been progressing well in the Kingdom, but the artistic gymnastics had been hit by a lack of response to a call for proper training equipment.

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