Table tennis federation calls attention to goals

Table tennis federation president Kirth Chantharith speaks during the closing ceremony of the table tennis camp on August 31. CHHORN-NORN

The Cambodian Table Tennis Federation (CTTF) has urged all technical officials, referees, coaches and other stakeholders to work together to achieve at least one of the two main goals set on the way to the 32nd SEA Games in 2023.

CTTF Chairman Kirth Chantharith, who also heads the General Department of Immigration at the Home Office, said the CTTF has two important objectives: to organize a table tennis competition as a host and to strengthen the ability of Cambodian athletes to win medals for the nation.

He said hosting the competition is a goal that needs to be achieved.

“As the host of SEA Games 2023, if we could achieve both goals, that would be better. If not, we have to succeed in hosting the event,” he said.

Chantharith was speaking at a recent closing ceremony of the 2022 International Table Tennis Technical Training Course for National Referees organized by the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).

“The capacity of our athletes is still limited compared to those in some other countries, but we can prepare to achieve our goal as hosts and we must try to achieve as high a level as possible in terms of safety, of order, safety, technology and other characteristics.

“Whether or not we can win medals, we have to pass the other. Failures in both goals would be really bad because Cambodia are the hosts,” he said.

CTTF General Secretary Sun Sothearith said an international training course was held from August 27-31, 2022, with 35 trainees learning to be referees under the guidance of veteran international referee Rachel DL Ramos of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Sothearith added that the training was carried out in line with the federation’s annual action plan and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to accelerate the National Sports Federation’s development plan as we are heading towards the SEA Games 2023.

After the training program, nine highly qualified national referees will be selected to take the international referee exam on September 23.

According to Chantharith, the International Table Tennis Technical Training course was an additional instructional course for nine national referees who were already preparing to take the international referee exam. Assuming they are successful, they will participate in arbitration when Cambodia hosts the games.

“I encourage these nine Cambodian referees to do their best in the upcoming exam on September 23 to become international referees, because passing the exam is an honor not only for themselves but also for the CTTF and our nation,” did he declare.

“As Cambodia prepares to host the SEA Games, I hope that we will continue to develop the refereeing skills and that these candidates will acquire more knowledge in order to achieve good results when organizing all these events. If it’s not the best results, we can definitely help them do better,” said Rachel DL Ramos.

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