Thailand Pledges to Include Ouk Chaktrang into 33rd SEA Games

Thailand has pledged to include Cambodia's Ouk Chaktrang (Chess) into the 33rd SEA Games to be hosted by the country in 2025.

The pledge was unveiled to reporters on May 9 by Mr. Sahapol Nakvanich, Thailand Chess Association of Thailand following the completion of Ouk Chaktrang competitions at the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia.

“I will urge the Thai NOC to include chess whether Khmer and Myanmar chess into the 33rd SEA Games because they are similar in the Southeast Asian region,” said Mr. Sahapol Nakvanich, stressing that it is crucial to strengthen the relations between people and people and nation and nation".

Some 100 athletes from seven countries including host Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia and Laos joined the Ouk Chaktrang event at the 32nd SEA Games.

Cambodia won 6 medals in Ouk Chktrang – 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze.

Ouk Chaktrang is one of the three identity sports included by Cambodia in the SEA Games 2023. The other two are Kun Khmer and Kun Bokator.

Cambodia is hosting the 32nd SEA Games from May 5 to 17 under the motto "Sport: Living in Peace".

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse