Kingdom, Indonesia ink martial arts MoU

Prime Minister Hun Sen offered support for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and its Indonesian counterpart to provide mutual training in the two countries’ traditional martial arts, Bokator and Pencak Silat.

Prior to the signing ceremony on the same day, Subianto met with Hun Sen to ask for his support at the Peace Palace, where he also congratulated the premier for leading the Kingdom’d rapid development.

“[Hun Sen] thanked Prabowo for providing scholarships to Cambodian military cadets to study in Indonesia and to train in the martial art pencak silat. Hun Sen also supported training Indonesian athletes in bokator. This is symbolic of the culture of cooperation between the militaries of both nations,” said the premier’s social media post after the meeting.

The MoU means that the NOCC will provide Bokator training to Indonesian athletes as they prepare for next year’s 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games), which Cambodia will host for the first time. Their Indonesian counterparts will teach pencak silat to the Kingdom’s athletes.

Chamroeun, who is also secretary-general of the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC), said: “The prime minister has paid close attention to ensuring that the cultural treasure of bokator remains relevant and continues to grow. Indonesia has agreed to promote the sport and will participate in competitions here. They will also train in bokator in Indonesia, while we will study pencak silat.”

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