The Asian Chinlone Federation (ACF) has pledged its support for the Cambodian Sepaktakraw and Chinlone Federation (CSCF). The ACF will offer training and technical support, as the Kingdom prepares to chase medals at the upcoming SEA Games, which the country will host for the first time in history.
The commitment came after the two federations signed a June 22 memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).
ACF president U Soe Naing and CSCF president Meas Sarin signed the MoU in a ceremony presided over by Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of both the NOCC and Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC).
The signing means that ACF and the Chinlone federation of Myanmar, where the sport originated, will be responsible for the accommodation, transportation, training and coaching of the Cambodian coaches, athletes and referees who will attend a long-term training camp in Myanmar ahead of the games.
The Post could not reach Sarin for comment, but Chamroeun has said that Cambodia plans to send more than 10 delegates to the training camp in order to strengthen their technical capacities in Myanmar.
“The ACF president came to offer assistance with training and equipment because he wants to grow the sport, and Cambodia has claimed gold in chinlone before,” Chamroeun told The Post on June 26.
The Cambodian representatives are expected to remain in Myanmar for seven to 10 months, before returning home.
ACF’s Naing promised a warm welcome, and assured the Cambodian federation that their athletes and officials would return with new skills. They would be capable of hosting quality events and would almost certainly be medal contenders, he added.
In addition to training athletes and technical officials, the ACF president and Myanmar Chinlone Federation also pledged assistance through the provision of referees and judges at next year’s SEA Games.
Chamroeun thanked Naing for his commitment to developing Cambodia’s sporting resources.
Chinlone has a total of 12 disciplines: four men’s categories, four women’s categories and four mixed disciplines.