Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - WOVD names World Cup squad

WOVD names World Cup squad

WOVD names World Cup squad

110704_25
The Cambodian national standing volleyball team pose for a photo with national coach Willy Guillory (centre, back) at training yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

The Cambodian national standing volleyball team pose for a photo with national coach Willy Guillory (centre, back) at training yesterday. Photo by: Sreng Meng Srun

Four new faces have been brought in to reinforce a well balanced Cambodian national team setting out for top honours at the 2011 WOVD Standing Volleyball World Cup being staged at the indoor hall of Olympic Stadium from July 23-29. The official 12-man squad list has been released by the Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled), the event’s organising body.

Newcomers Meas Rotha, Oun Vothana, Ou Phalla and Nget Sombo are set to star alongside the upper crust of the Kingdom’s standing volleyball - Peab Teth, Chem Kong, Pin Sarath, Ing Piream, Sang Veasna, Noun Piroth, Nhem Bun Theoun and Cup veteran Chhim Phan, who has been named as captain.

Five players have been involved in more than one previous World Cup.

“The final selection was made after a strict fitness and skills evaluation process,” CNVLD Secretary Christopher Minko told the Post yesterday.

“After a great deal of thought and realisation that the previous teams and structures didn’t get us to the top, we have made some hard decisions in order to get that No 1. There is no other objective.

Minko also revealed that former national team coach Christian Zepp of Germany has been replaced by Willy Guillory, who until recently was employed as the team’s fitness and motivation coach.

“Willy has an award winning internationally recognised track record in fitness and motivation along with his volleyball coaching skills and has been greeted with open arms by the members of the national team who are excelling under his leadership,” said the Secretary.

Australian Khmer Poramy Chit, who is currently working at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, has been appointed as assistant national coach. “In addition, two national level volleyball coaches from Australia [of Cambodian heritage] will be providing specialist training sessions in the lead up to the World Cup,” added Minko.

Meanwhile, the CNVLD announced it has received support from Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and the National Paralympics Committee of Cambodia. “[It’s] a superb example of Cambodian sports organisations and a Cambodian NGO working in excellent cooperation with the Government to assist sports development in Cambodia,” Minko said.

While the exact amount of the donation has not been disclosed, the CNVLD Secretary stated that they have been granted free use of Olympic Stadium for the tournament, free visas for all international participants, and free flights for all match officials as well as funds to cover expenses such as a month-long training camp for the national team and production costs of hosting and advertising the event. The provision of 150 volunteers from the Red Cross has also been agreed. ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY DAN RILEY

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Government set to make up for cancelled April holiday

    The government is set to make up for a five-day Khmer New Year holiday late this month or early next month. The holiday was earlier cancelled due to the onset of Covid-19. The announcement is expected on Friday as the government is studying a range

  • Families told to register for cash handouts

    The government has called on poor families to apply to commune authorities for evaluation to receive financial support during the Covid-19 crisis. A $300 million budget has been planned for implementation within a year. Ministry of Economy and Finance secretary of state Vongsey Visoth said this

  • Crumbling prices, rent ruffle condo segment

    The prolonged decline in international arrivals to Cambodia intensified by renewed Covid-19 fears has driven down condominium sales prices and rental rates in Phnom Penh, a research report said. CBRE Cambodia, the local affiliate of US commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group

  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures

  • More than 10,000 workers suspended

    More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith. Home to 11 special economic zones, Pharith said Svay Rieng has not been spared as the pandemic takes a toll on the global economy. “There

  • Nod given for school exams

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport announced that State-run higher educational institutions can hold examinations to end the academic year, while private schools can organise grade 9 and grade 12 examinations at their premises for two days. However, private institutions have to take measures to prevent