The wushu team has resumed training, but the Asian Games in Hangzhou next year may prove to be the only big mission for the exhibitors.
Wushu may not be included when Cambodia hosts the SEA Games next year.
“Cambodia is not strong in wushu and I have been informed that our sport is not on the initial list for SEA Games next year,” national coach Lim Yew Fai said.
“But I think member countries will appeal to hosts to consider including it, so we’ll wait and see.”
Otherwise, Yew Fai is satisfied with the 2-1-2 medal harvest in Hanoi.
The two gold medals came from debutants Clement Ting (male changquan) and Tan Zhi Yan (male taijiquan). Calvin Lee won silver in men’s nandao while bronze medals were delivered by Yeap Wai Kin (men’s daoshu-gunshu) and Sydney Chin (women’s taijiquan).
“Clement gave it his all in the changquan for the gold. It was our first in over 10 years,” Yew Fai said.
“It is difficult to master the changquan test because you have to be exceptionally good in your basic technique.
“It’s also great to see Zhi Yan win gold at his first SEA Games.
“Taijiquan is also the same event that his coach (Loh Choon How) won in the 2019 edition (in the Philippines).
“Choon How was hired as a coach after his retirement from the national team, and Zhi Yan is the product of his training.
“I feel that we still have room to do better. We made a lot of mistakes as many exhibitors had not competed for a long time due to Covid-19,” he added.