Following the publication of the article "Japanese Sport package 'wasteful'
" in your issue of May 3- 15 I would like to make the following clarifications:
- Mr Cathal Kerr is not an official expert of neither the Olympic Committee nor
the Khmer Athletic Amateur Federation (KAAF). Mr Kerr is saying that the equipment
is expensive but the proposal was made by KAAF officials and all federations which
are in this project ere consulted before.
- We want to provide equipment to all federations but the Japanese aid was limited
50,000,000 Yen so we had to choose federations, in order to support their efforts.
3) Mr Kerr is saying that the Japanese sport package is wasteful and he could
get more equipment with the above mentioned amount. We want to tell him that equipment
of international standards is essential for Cambodia to facilitate official games
at the national and international level and will be useful for our athletes. This
is a big chance for Cambodian Athletes to get such equipment.
Mr Kerr is saying that his revision to our National Olympic Committee list were endorsed
by the Asian Amateur Athletics Federation (AAAA ). But we have to say that the AAAA
has never made any contract with the KAAF and we wonder how they could endorse Kerr's
proposal to change the original list when they are not rightly informed of our need
and are not involved in this project.
We hope that you will be able to publish his letter to make people understand the
– Meas Sarin, Secretary- General, National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.