KSF ‘prepares intensively’ for 2023 SEA Games

The Khmer Swimming Federation (KSF) is busy preparing for the 2023 Southeast Games, with four disciplines falling under its responsibility.

The recently-concluded Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council meeting added finswimming to the list, which already included swimming, diving and water polo.

Finswimming is similar to swimming, except that competitors are outfitted with fins (monofins or bifins) and snorkels.

Hem Kiry, Secretary-General of KSF, told the participants of the Fédération internationale de natation (FINA) Swimming Coaches Certification Course-Coach Level 2 that they have more things to do now, with 10 months remaining before the next SEA Games.

“You should work together and use the knowledge gained from the FINA international trainers to help us prepare for the SEA Games. We can achieve this important task for the country together,” he said.

“We have never hosted the SEA Games before, so it’s a great honour for us. We have to work well together to show to the international community and all countries in Southeast Asia that Cambodian can do it,” he added.

Swimming and related competitions in the 32nd SEA Games are expected to held at the Morodok Techo National Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Battambang Swimming Centre, among other facilities.

In addition to that, the KSF is also aiming to win more medals in the next SEA Games.

Cambodia won a bronze medal in men’s fin swimming 4mx200m relay during the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam, for the KSF’s first SEA Games medal since 1973.

In a prior interview, KSF President Sun Chanthol said his goal is to revive the ‘glory days’ of Cambodian swimming. The Kingdom was well known in swimming from the 1950s until
the early 1970s.

Some 22 Cambodian swimming coaches were part of the FINA training, which concluded on
July 13.

The training started with an online course from June 8 to July, followed by on-site activities under the supervision of international coaches from July 9 to 13.

The FINA training focused on reviewing and preparing training plans, clarifying study schedules, learning about the human anatomy and physiology, sports science in swimming, examining the training ground and swimming pool, collecting data from all angles, examining the development of athletes by age level, among
other topics.

The training was held with funding and other support from
the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.