Cambodia Pays Attention on Special Athlete Health

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By Sok Lak
The Cambodia Special Committee (OSOC) organized health check activities for special athletes on March 25 at National Stadium to improve special athlete’s health and sport activities.
H.E. Sem Sokha, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Social Affair and Youth and Youth rehabilitation and the 1st Vice Chairman of Special Olympic Committee said that health is very important for everyone. For special athlete, health is more than normal people, but they do not know how to take care their health. Therefore, they need to depend on their parents to pay attention on their health.
He added that through these activities, it will encourage and enhance parents attached great importance to their health.
H.E. Means Sarin, Secretary of State for Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and Vice President of Special Olympic Committees, said that attention on special athletes is to promote people with intellectual disabilities into the sport and love the sport.
He added that CSOC has developed in Phnom Penh and other five province, Battambang, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Svay Rieng and Sihanoukville. In Cambodia, there are 201 special athletes and only three kinds of Special Olympic sport: Football, bowling and Bocce.
In order to promote people with intellectual disabilities involve into sport, he said that Cambodia have a plan to organize check health activities for special athletes in other two provinces: Battambang and Svay Rieng. Cambodia will lead special athletes join Summer Special Olympic Competition in Athens, Greece in June and host Indochina Special Olympics Football tournament in November this year which has five countries: Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao, Thailand and Myanmar.
Saowaros Saengsawang, Program Development and Athlete Leadership Programs Coordinator of Special Olympics Asia Pacific, said that healthy athletes offers health screening in seven areas such as Fit Feet (podiatry), FUN finesse (Physical therapy), health promotion (better health and well-being), healthy hearing (audiology), MedFest (sport physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).
She added that healthy athletes works to improve access and health care for Special Olympic athletes; make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate train health care professionals and students about needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities collect analyze and disseminate data on the health status and need of people with intellectual disabilities; and advocate for improved health policies and programs for programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
Source: The Southeast Asia Weekly, April 3-9/Vol.5, Issue 14, Page 12

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