Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - PM asks ex-Japanese envoy for judo team boost prior to SEA Games



PM asks ex-Japanese envoy for judo team boost prior to SEA Games

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Prime Minister Hun Sen during his meeting on June 30 at the Peace Palace with Gotaro Ogawa, former Japanese ambassador to Cambodia from 2000-2003. SPM

PM asks ex-Japanese envoy for judo team boost prior to SEA Games

Prime Minister Hun Sen requested support from the Japanese to help promote the sport of judo in Cambodia and assist with training the Cambodian national team in advance of the Kingdom hosting the 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2023.

Cambodian Judo Federation (CJF) president Heng Ly expressed his appreciation for the prime minister's support and said that having the backing of the national leadership would help judo to stand out among the other sports and increase the team's chances of winning a medal in 2023.

Hun Sen’s request was made during his meeting on June 30 at the Peace Palace with Gotaro Ogawa, former Japanese ambassador to Cambodia from 2000-2003.

According to Eang Sophalleth, personal assistant to Hun Sen, the prime minister requested that Ogawa help with finding Japanese support for Cambodia's judo athletes to make Cambodia more competitive for the upcoming SEA games.

Ogawa told Hun Sen that – though he finished his diplomatic mission to Cambodia many years ago – his heart had always stayed here in the Kingdom.

Ogawa pledged his support for Cambodia in the field of education by helping Cambodian students access Japanese-language training and cultural exchanges, adding that he is also participating in initiatives to help Cambodian law students further their educations.

Ogawa said he would be honoured to help Cambodia achieve success at the 2023 SEA Games in the sport of judo as well.

Hun Sen thanked Ogawa for all of his contributions to the furtherance of diplomatic relations and good will between the two countries and his assistance with the development of Cambodia, including his latest work in the area of human resources, which has become a national priority for the Kingdom.

Speaking from Canada, Heng Ly said he was thrilled that Hun Sen had solicited help from Ogawa on behalf of the sport of judo in Cambodia.

“I am really happy that the head of the government has gone out of his way to help and support us by finding partners to help develop the sport of judo in the Kingdom. Today the Cambodian Judo Federation admittedly has many shortcomings.

"Once I became the president of the federation, I began making a determined effort to seek more material assistance from abroad to help our sport, including from Japan.

“Our athletes have trained hard in order to try and get a good ranking headed into the 2023 SEA Games, but we still have a lot of shortcomings. The support and attention of [Hun Sen] at this time will help motivate our coaching staff – and especially our athletes – to work harder to win medals at the upcoming games,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ice cream, noodles flagged over carcinogen

    The General Department of Customs and Excise of Cambodia (GDCE) has identified three types of instant noodles and ice cream trademarks originating from Thailand, Vietnam and France that are suspected to contain ethylene oxide, which poses a cancer risk to consumers. The general department has

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • Rise in Thai air routes to Siem Reap fuels travel hopes

    Local tourism industry players are eager for regional airline Bangkok Airways Pcl’s resumption of direct flight services between the Thai capital and Siem Reap town on August 1 – home of Cambodia’s awe-inspiring Angkor Archaeological Park – which is expected to boost the growth rate of

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’