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PHNOM PENH – The Ministry of Interior (MOI) table tennis team emerged top of the National Table Tennis Championship as the 2021 event came to an end on July 22.
The team won three, gold, two silver and a couple of bronze medals to beat competitors from 10 clubs and associations representing ministries, provinces and private companies.
The championship was staged from July 19 to 22 at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh. It had been delayed for a year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lixin Group bagged one gold, one silver and a couple of bronze medals, which were enough for a second-place finish.
A total of 59 male and female athletes competed in four disciplines during the event.
Kirth Chantharith, president of the Cambodian Table Tennis Federation, revealed a four-point plan for the 2023 Southeast Asian Games in his message during the closing ceremony.
The federation aimed to win more medals while making itself ready to host the table tennis competitions at the SEA Games.
The plan includes sending coaches and athletes to train abroad and more training for referees and other technical officials.
The federation earlier disclosed plans to send some athletes and coaches to China for advanced training.
“We should focus on training for our available resources. Our athletes, coaches, referees and other table tennis officials should be ready for the next SEA Games,” Chantharith, who is also director-general of the General Immigration Department, said at the closing ceremony.
The MOI also topped the previous National Table Tennis Championship, after dominating a field that included 23 clubs and provincial teams from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kandal, Kampong Cham and other provinces.
The championship is normally held every year to promote and develop the sport, while serving as the venue for selecting players to represent Cambodia in competitions abroad.