Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Soft tennis players warned off performance drugs use

Soft tennis players warned off performance drugs use

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The closing ceremony of the 3rd National Games Soft Tennis competition held on November 27. CHHORN NORN

Soft tennis players warned off performance drugs use

A senior government official urged soft tennis players, who have just finished the 3rd National Games and the 1st Cambodian Paralympic Games 2022, to stay away from performance-enhancing drugs and instead focus on improving their chances of winning glory for the Kingdom at the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year.

Sar Rith, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Interior, made the call while praising his own ministry’s players who brought home the highest number of gold medals at the recent national games, defeating six other ministerial and provincial teams.

He urged all the national athletes to train harder so they could secure even greater victories at the 2023 SEA Games, warning that they did not have much time to prepare.

“The nationals were a great hit out ahead of next year’s SEA Games, which are only a short time away. You have just five months to make sure you are in the greatest shape of your lives.

“You must be mindful of your physical and spiritual training. The games are a historical event, and we must strive together to express our national pride as Khmer,” he said.

Besides intensive training, Rith warned them to stay away from the temptation of steroids.

“When you participate in the SEA Games, you will be tested for banned substance. We have to make sure that we are competing fairly. If we are associated with drugs, we will have problems.

“Stay away from the issue of drugs because once you are associated with them, it will ruin your future. It will discredit the federation, our society and the Kingdom as a whole,” he said.

The commission that organised the soft tennis element of the national games said that 38 men and 25 women had competed in the seven events, which were held from November 23-27.

The interior ministry topped the medal table, claiming six gold medals and one bronze. Tbong Khmum province took second place, with one gold and two bronzes, followed by Kandal with three silvers and a bronze. The Ministry of National Defence placed fourth with two silver medals. Kampong Speu was fifth, with one silver and two bronze. Prey Veng and Kampong Chhnang were sixth and seventh, with one silver and one bronze respectively.

Tong Sophal, deputy general-secretary and acting president of the Cambodia Soft Tennis Federation, said on November 27 that the five-day competition had offered an opportunity for each player to show their talent on the journey to the SEA Games.

“The excellent results of our sportsmen and women can be attributed to training, perseverance, discipline, attention to detail and respect for the competition. The organisers and match officials did an outstanding job, and learnt a lot ahead our hosting of next year’s international games,” he added.


  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,

  • Capital-Poipet express rail project making headway

    The preliminary results of a feasibility study to upgrade the Phnom Penh-Poipet railway into Cambodia’s first express railway indicate that the project would cost more than $4 billion and would take around four years to complete. The study was carried out by China Road and

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of