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

  • Sihanoukville to begin road project

    The government will spend $200 million to improve Sihanoukville’s infrastructure. The eight-month project will involve the rebuilding of 34 streets with a total of more than 84km. Pal Chandara, the secretary of state and spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told The Post

  • Artefact is seized from American auctioneers

    Cambodian and US archaeologists on Thursday discussed the formalities and procedures of returning to Cambodia an artefact which was recently seized by US Homeland Security Investigators (HSI) from an auction house in San Francisco. On Monday, the HSI said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),

  • Bodhisattva statue unearthed

    The Apsara National Authority technical team uncovered a sandstone statue of a Bodhisattva while carrying out excavation work at the east entrance of the Ta Nei temple on October 8. The team was trying to find the temple’s roof stone, which had fallen into a

  • More charges as Rainsy allies warned against backing plot

    More than 20 people have been either arrested or charged with “plotting” since Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), announced his return to the Kingdom next month. The majority of the arrests have come after September 20, when the