Five Cam­bo­di­ans set for Colour­ful Yun­nan

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT - HS Man­ju­nath

THE Peo­ple’s Govern­ment of Kun­ming, the Chi­nese Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion and var­i­ous other govern­ment bod­ies have set in mo­tion the in­au­gu­ral 2018 Colour­ful Yun­nan – Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive Friend­ship Com­pe­ti­tion to bring the most pop­u­lous na­tion in the world closer to com­mu­ni­ties in South­east and East Asia.

The tour­na­ment will be or­gan­ised from Oc­to­ber 6-14 at the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Cen­tre of An­ning. This is an all-clay venue with 11 courts, four of which are in­doors. Ma­jor ITF, WTA and ATP events are held at the fa­cil­ity ev­ery year.

The to­tal prize money is 300,000 yuan (about $ 44,000). De­tailed prize money break­downs will be pro­vided on site. Prize money is only avail­able for the mixed team event.

Ten­nis Cam­bo­dia has picked five play­ers, three in the adult mixed di­vi­sion and two ju­niors af­ter ef­forts by the fed­er­a­tion to get visas for the women’s team of three failed.

The Post has learned that visas to fe­male play­ers were re­fused, though the Chi­nese em­bassy gave no rea­son why.

Act­ing as trav­el­ling coach for both the men’s and the ju­nior boys’ teams will be as­sis­tant na­tional coach Chea Poev.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Davis Cup player Long Sam­neang and his left-handed na­tional team­mate Our Sarith join young Kh­leang Pon­lok in the se­nior di­vi­sion. Tep Nolane and Sam Davith will fig­ure in the ju­nior sec­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be staged in three cat­e­gories.

The mixed event is to con­sist of five rub­bers, with men’s and women’s sin­gles and dou­bles and a mixed dou­bles.

Ju­nior Boys and girls events (16 and un­der) will be con­tested over two sin­gles matches and a dou­bles. Each Team will com­prise of no more than 22 play­ers and of­fi­cials. The mixed team, boys’ and girls’ teams will each have no more than four mem­bers (16 play­ers in to­tal). The re­main­ing six places can be made up of coaches and of­fi­cials. In the ju­nior cat­e­gory, the play­ers must be 16 and un­der as of 31 De­cem­ber 2018.

“Al­though this com­pe­ti­tion is not an ITF or ATF event, it is still im­por­tant for us as it’s an­other op­por­tu­nity for our play­ers to com­pete and to be in­volved in the re­gion.

“We truly think this is a great bond­ing ini­tia­tive be­tween South­east and East Asian coun­tries, and we hope to par­tic­i­pate in this event ev­ery year,” Ten­nis Cam­bo­dia Sec­re­taryGen­eral Tep Rithivit said.

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