Friday, October 2, 2009

Oh the trauma...

An article today in the Phnom Penh Post by columnist Ken Gadaffi mentions the trauma of last weekend's frosty reception for the media at the CPL Super 4 finals. I say trauma with my tongue firmly in my cheek. Ken's piece details the following:
'Post reporter Andy Brouwer was forced to sit lower down amongst rowdy spectators, making it difficult to view the action and record accurate match notes. To make things worse, a clumsy guard kicked over his drink, mistaking him for a tourist. Other media representatives were also resigned to sit among the crowds, having been asked to vacate their seats in the press box for children of a CPL sponsor, even though numerous chairs were available.'
Storm in a teacup in my view, but yes, the football federation could've acted more professionally and need to consider the media for future events like this, and the international that was played the following day. I don't mind sitting with the smelly riff-raff (wink wink) once in a while but the security guard really did get up my nose. An apology from May Tola, the federation's deputy general secretary, is more than enough to put the matter to rest. "It's very unfortunate for the Federation, and so we take full responsibility of this neglect. Our actions did not show good hospitality to the press, who have been supportive all through the season, especially The Phnom Penh Post coverage of the league. The press box must be respected because the media are so important to us." The CPL and the professionalism of football in Cambodia is in its infancy, so these things will happen. As long as they learn and make provisions in the future, everyone will be happy. Link: PPP.

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Anonymous rick dubbeldam said...

The trauma. With the riff-raff? During the semi's a vacant area among the crowd was kept vacant because someone had shat (past tense of shit) there! Though not what you would expect at any stadium, it managed to get some chuckles from bystanders when unsuspecting football fans decided that this was the best seats still available.
Anyway it was interesting to see that the PM had sat through the final (probably waiting for the kick-boxing), should of stayed home myself, wouldn't have missed much. Then again I've seen some camera work from other matches, whereby the cameramen regularly lost the ball. Highlights are terrible. Somehow they don't understand that they need to show the highlights chronologically. Highlights would jump between the first and second half, starting with say the fourth goal, then the second, then the winning goal, the referee calling time, the first goal, etc., etc.

Anyway congrats to the PPP coverage, the main reason why I switched to the PPP is because of the sports section.

October 3, 2009 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

re the Trauma and riff-raff - I was kidding Rick.

October 4, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger gadaffi said...

Rick, there is no better way to describe it than you have just done.

Andy, I agree with you, Cambodian Football nay the media coverage is all at its infancy and they can only get better if they are ready to learn.

I hope we can continue to be of help to them as long as they listen

cheers guys

October 7, 2009 at 5:11 AM  

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