Two male wrestlers grapple during the first day of the Cambodian National Wrestling Championship at Olympic Stadium on Thursday. The three-day event has attracted over 160 participants from seven clubs across the country, including Olympic Club, Endrey (Eagle) Club and Ministry of Interior Club from Phnom Penh, Vihear Sor Club from Kandal Province, Pai Club from Kampong Chhnang Province, and Khmer Wrestling Clubs from Pursat and Kampong Chhnang provinces. There are four categories in which wrestlers compete; traditional Khmer, freestyle, Greco and premier. Women compete only in the freestyle category. Members of the national team are also competing in the tournament, with champions from this year chosen to make up a new team who will travel to Laos in December for the Southeast Asian Games. The team will undergo intense training ahead of the games, with expert coaching from Paek Sunam of Korea. A pre-SEA Games competition is also planned for November.
Taking down the competition
- Hun Sen to ‘step down’ if he loses Sam Rainsy bet over Kem Sokha
Hun Sen has promised to step down as prime minister while opposition figure Sam Rainsy pledges to turn himself in as forfeits if the long-term political rivals lose a “bet” over the future of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial
- UAE prince seeks to invest in Cambodia
The UAE has expressed interest in Cambodian oil and gas exploration. Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem said this was the result of his discussions with Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmook bin Juma al-Maktoum, a member of the royal family who visited him on Wednesday.
- Smith calls for ‘release’ of Sokha as visit ends
At a press conference to conclude her 11-day visit to Cambodia, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith on Thursday called for treason charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped and for him to be released from “restricted detention”.
- PM denies ‘nepotism’ claims
Prime minister Hun Sen denied on Thursday that nepotism was involved in the recent promotions of the children of senior government officials. He said they had been “trained” and were entirely capable of carrying out their duties while being open to “punishment” like anyone else.