I am a subscribed reader, prominent advertiser and also a sports fan in general. I would like to congratulate your efforts in giving exposure to Cambodian sports in general. I, as the director of the Kingmaker Foundation (KMF) would like to personally congratulate the athletes, staff and leadership of the the Tennis Federation of Cambodia (TFC) on the completion of their new tennis centre. That the dedication of a small committed group of individuals working towards a common goal has succeeded in resurrecting Cambodia’s tennis heritage is to be highly commended.
Reading of their successes, programmes and goals as covered during the last year in The Phnom Penh Post, it is easy to be impressed.
What is also impressive is the TFC itself having a sound business plan and clear directions promoting equality, talent-based merits and transparency. Hence it has many sponsors who share their mission. The recent recognition of Cambodian tennis players internationally and the reintroduction of tennis to the children of Cambodia should be used as a guide to what an organisation can achieve. Tennis was all but lost as a sport in Cambodia, but with the support of the international donors, corporate sponsors and certified international experts, such as Braen Aneriros, the TFC has changed that. The TFC model can be replicated in other sports federations only if there is willingness to change.
The KMF is a local philanthropic organisation whose mission is to provide assistance to established and promising Cambodian individual athletes capable of being competitive in world-class events. Currently, we are assisting two athletes: marathon runner Hem Bunting and bodybuilder Sok Sopheak.
Rasmey Sokmongkol (Raz)
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