Cambodia to send 4 bodybuilders to SEA Games 2021 in Vietnam

The Cambodian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (CBFF) will send four athletes to the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

This was according to the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC). The NOCC is the agency in charge of preparing for the next SEA Games.

The four athletes and a bodybuilding coach will be part of the 500-person delegation that Cambodia plans to send to the 2021 SEA Games. to May 23.

The NOCC announced earlier that Cambodia will send athletes to compete in 32 disciplines in Vietnam. The final list of SEA Games Vietnam 2021 includes 40 sports.

Besides bodybuilding, Cambodia will be represented in baseball, pétanque, taekwondo, muay thai, kickboxing, tennis, badminton, fencing, jiu-jitsu, table tennis, karate, dance sport, boxing, football, e-sports, sepak takraw swimming , volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, wrestling, athletics, among other disciplines.

Tek Bunvy, president of the CBFF, said his goal is to win at least a gold or silver medal at the Vietnam SEA Games.

“They are training and training very hard. We are aiming for a good performance at the Vietnam SEA Games,” he stressed.

Such a result will increase the chances of bodybuilding being included in the final list of sports for the 2023 SEA Games that Cambodia is hosting, according to the CBFF official.

Bodybuilding was initially placed in a “test” or “reserve” category for the 2023 SEA Games.

Cambodian bodybuilders, according to Bunvy, will compete in three categories, including 80kg and 85kg.

Cambodian bodybuilders, according to sports watchers, have a good chance of winning medals at both SEA Games. They highlighted the achievements of the CBFF on the international scene.

In 2015, Cambodia hosted the 5th Southeast Asia Bodybuilding and Physique Championships and Congresses. It was the first time that the Kingdom hosted and organized such a large international gathering of bodybuilders.

Cambodian bodybuilders won four gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the event, which also featured bodybuilders from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and other countries. Sok Sopheak, Cambodia’s most successful bodybuilder, placed second at the 2013 Asian Bodybuilding Championships and fourth at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar, local media reported.

After the next SEA Games, the CBFF plans to send a trio of athletes, a trainer and a judge to a major bodybuilding (world championship) in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Teresa E. Burton