First athletes to compete at Korea Cup in PyeongChang
Lausanne (RWH) With Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, four new nations officially became members of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF in March 2021. With the Cambodia Weightlifting Federation, the Malaysian Association of Bobsleigh and Skeleton, the Ski and Snowboard Association of Thailand and the Skating Federation of Vietnam, now 78 national federations belong to the IBSF family.
„It is our great pleasure that upon the initiative by the PyeongChang 2018 legacy foundation these federations have already recruited athletes who are currently sliding at the Olympic sliding track in PyeongChang“, wrote IBSF President Ivo Ferriani in a letter to the IBSF members. „This way we are able to build upon the success of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games and expand the IBSF sliding family in Asian countries.“
Athletes from Vietnam and Cambodia competed in their first official races just days after joining the IBSF: Athletes from Vietnam and Cambodia raced in their first official race just days after their nations joined the IBSF: At the 2021 Korea Cup in PyeongChang, an IBSF-recognised competition, skeleton athlete Reachboth Srey of Cambodia finished second in his racing debut. Khanh Nguyen (VIE, women's skeleton) finished third. Their Vietnamese teammates Daniel Klausz/Le Tu and Dan Nguyen/Hoa Tran finished fifth and sixth among eight starters in the 2-man bobsleigh. ©RWH2021