National vovinam exponent Pov Sokha and her teammates are all looking forward to the return of the martial arts at the 31st South East Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi.
The Cambodian team arrive here yesterday and have quickly got down to work at the Soc Son Gymnasium in Hanoi.
Vovinam was dropped for three consecutive SEA Games in 2015, 2017, and 2019 and is making a return to the Games at the nation it first originated. The return of vovinam is not only a matter of pride for only the hosts, as Cambodia’s world champion Pov Sokha is also banking on making her appearance at the Games count.
“The entire team is ready for this SEA Games. We have gathered for a closed-door training since October 2021,” said Sokha.
“I’m so proud and thrilled to compete at the SEA Games again. I will do everything possible to bring good results for Cambodia and bring back medals.”
Sokha made her SEA Games debut back in 2013, when she won bronze medal on 50-55kg vovinam combat.
Vietnam is a familiar hunting ground for Sokha, as this is the same country where she clinched the gold medal at the 2016 Asian Beach Games.
Two years later, she went on to grab a brace of gold medals at the Asian Championship.
It’s not very common yet in Cambodia for females to take up professional sport role and it gives Sokha added joy and pride for what she has achieved in the Kingdom colours.
She also urged other women to start seriously considering sport as an occupation and fight for the fame of the nation.
“We don’t see many women in sports and especially in martial arts. Martial arts give us women several benefits including healthy life and making us stay fit,” she added.
“Sport gives me a new chapter in life. Since starting training in sport, I have opportunities to compete on several international stages.
“People started to know me after I won several medals for Cambodia. It means so much to me to get support from my people. I’m so excited about it.”
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