Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Five Cambodians set for Colourful Yunnan




Five Cambodians set for Colourful Yunnan

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Clockwise from top: Long Samneang, Khleang Ponlok and Our Sarith will be in action in China this month. AFP

Five Cambodians set for Colourful Yunnan

The People’s Government of Kunming, the Chinese Tennis Association and various other government bodies have set in motion the inaugural 2018 Colourful Yunnan – Belt and Road Initiative Friendship Competition to bring the most populous nation in the world closer to communities in Southeast and East Asia.

The tournament will be organised from October 6-14 at the International Tennis Centre of Anning. This is an all-clay venue with 11 courts, four of which are indoors. Major ITF, WTA and ATP events are held at the facility every year.

The total prize money is 300,000 yuan (about $ 44,000). Detailed prize money breakdowns will be provided on site. Prize money is only available for the mixed team event.

Tennis Cambodia has picked five players, three in the adult mixed division and two juniors after efforts by the federation to get visas for the women’s team of three failed.

The Post has learned that visas to female players were refused, though the Chinese embassy gave no reason why.

Acting as travelling coach for both the men’s and the junior boys’ teams will be assistant national coach Chea Poev.

The experienced Davis Cup player Long Samneang and his left-handed national teammate Our Sarith join young Khleang Ponlok in the senior division. Tep Nolane and Sam Davith will figure in the junior section.

The competition will be staged in three categories.

The mixed event is to consist of five rubbers, with men’s and women’s singles and doubles and a mixed doubles.

Junior Boys and girls events (16 and under) will be contested over two singles matches and a doubles. Each Team will comprise of no more than 22 players and officials.

The mixed team, boys’ and girls’ teams will each have no more than four members (16 players in total). The remaining six places can be made up of coaches and officials. In the junior category, the players must be 16 and under as of 31 December 2018.

“Although this competition is not an ITF or ATF event, it is still important for us as it’s another opportunity for our players to compete and to be involved in the region.

“We truly think this is a great bonding initiative between Southeast and East Asian countries, and we hope to participate in this event every year,” Tennis Cambodia Secretary-General Tep Rithivit said.

MOST VIEWED

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that

  • Man in quarantine dies of ‘overdose’

    The Ministry of Health on Thursday said a Cambodian migrant worker who died while being isolated at a quarantine centre in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district may have died from syncope or overdose of tablets. In a statement, the ministry said the 21-year-old

  • Ministry set to reopen 20 schools in August

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will allow 20 high-safety-standards schools to reopen next month despite new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha wrote in a Telegram message on Wednesday that the schools are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.