Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Pyongyang run sets perfect pitch for Phnom Penh OCA Forum

Pyongyang run sets perfect pitch for Phnom Penh OCA Forum

Bangladeshi capital Dhaka held the second 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games Fun Run in December. AGFunRun via Twitter
Bangladeshi capital Dhaka held the second 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games Fun Run in December. AGFunRun via Twitter

Pyongyang run sets perfect pitch for Phnom Penh OCA Forum

As the world watched last week’s historic summit between the leaders of South and North Korea in awe, the region’s sporting fraternity celebrated Pyongyong’s staging of the Asian Games Fun run on Tuesday.

The hermit state held the fun run for first time since its inception in 2006, setting the perfect pitch ahead of the Olympic Solidarity/Olympic Council of Asia’s Regional Forum in Phnom Penh on May 6 and 7 at the Sokha Hotel.

North Korean weightlifting Olympic champions Om Yun-chol and Rim Jong-sim were among the around 200 runners to feature in the OCA-organised event, inspiring some of Cambodia’s decorated athletes to join the 3k and 5k Phnom Penh run on Sunday morning, which is expected to draw at least 1,000 participants.

As many as 110 delegates from 26 countries have already confirmed their participation at the forum which also serves the dual purpose of holding the Asian Games pre-delegate registration meeting for National Olympic Committees from South, Southeast and East Asia.

The forum has lined up several notable presentations, ranging from the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games to the International Olympic Committee’s reforms in policy and procedure.

A Youth Olympics case study will be presented by Prof BLH Perera, a Social Sciences faculty member from the University of Kelania in Sri Lanka.

Japan’s Global Initiatives will be highlighted by Dr Zubaidullo Ubaidulloev, from the Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences, University of Tsukuba in Japan.

While the Tokyo Olympics, IOC and Olympic Solidarity initiatives form the major portion of the opening day’s agenda, updates from the 18th Asian Games Organizing Committee tops the second day, deliberations which also include a presentation by the Children of Asia Games International Committee.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the