A new generation of star athletes will get their chance to shine with the launch
of a national volleyball competition for disabled people.
The first Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled) (CNVLD) will begin in June,
with 14 clubs competing over six months for the title of National Volleyball League
The program will also train a national volleyball team. The side is ranked sixth
in the world and the aim is for it to become world number one by 2006.
In 2002 the Cambodians won the gold medal at the Korean FESPIC Games making them
number one in the Asia-Pacific region.
Businessman Okhna Suor Pheng has become the first Khmer to support disabled sport
by agreeing to sponsorship deals with leading team The Dragons, backed by the Sunway
Hotel group, and a new side funded by First Cambodia Airlines.
Okhna Pheng has also become the first chairman of the CNVLD.
The vice chairman of the organization is Wolfgang Kitz, executive director of Siemens
Cambodia, which will sponsor a new team based in Phnom Penh and led by national team
linchpin Yim Vanna.