IGHT Cambodian sportsmen and artists have been selected to enter the second
Francophonie - a cultural and sporting event organized by France to build
friendship among past and current French-speaking countries.
3,500 participants from 46 countries will compete and perform in the
Francophonie to be held in Paris from July 5 to 13.
Mon Kim Hoy, the
secretary of the Ministry of Education who will lead the team said: "Our
traditional art and sport is different from other countries so our team will not
compete against them.
"We will give traditional performances of our
music, art and sport, this will hopefully pleasantly surprise the spectators. I
hope we will achieve in this event."
Souse Samaly, 34, a trumpet player
with the team said: "I am very happy I was invited to join this big event. I
haven't had such an opportunity since performing in the Soviet Union in 1987."
Among the arts events at the Francophonie are traditional and modern
dancing, singing, folk tales, painting and carving.