Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rain stopped play

Action from Monday's Cambodia v Germany volleyball match
Rain stopped play. A leaky roof held up the disabled volleyball World Cup tonight at the Olympic Stadium when the presence of a bucket on the indoor volleyball court signalled a problem before the Cambodia v Slovakia match could begin at 6pm. I waited an hour for the drips from the ceiling to subside but they didn't so I left the indoor arena, annoyed that the organisers hadn't foreseen this problem before the WOVD competition began. Anyone who has played on the court during the current rainy season will have been aware of the leaky roof, so my question is why weren't the WOVD organisers and why didn't they fix the problem before this prestigious event began. Frankly, its embarrassing that this important game between two of the fancied teams was so badly affected. It had promised to be a tight game between two evenly-matched teams and I was prepared to play my part with another flag-waving session, but to no avail. Black mark for the competition officials, especially as thousands were tuned into the live television coverage on Bayon TV. One of them was Prime Minister Hun Sen who immediately ordered local authorities to fix the problem.



Blogger Joe Bren said...

Is Kanitha Tith a painter? Does she have a website?

July 27, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Please look at this website for Kanitha.

July 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was there, i wonder how they call this world volleyball. So ashamed

July 27, 2011 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous James said...

These are the same people that organised the Leonard Cohen concerts... (though I don't blame them for its cancellation but the tour manager for lack of foresight and cooperation)

And to be fair yesterday had really ultra heavy rain which affected lots of buildings in Cambodia including my office.

July 28, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I have no comment to make about the failed music concerts.
It's the rainy season in Cambodia. That means it rains a lot. Water dripping onto the court is not a new phenomenon and should've been addressed prior to the tournament starting in my view. I was annoyed that I changed my schedule that day to attend and sat there like a prat watching drips into a bucket for an hour before going home. It was a game I was very much looking forward to. It put a damper (!) on the whole proceedings.

July 28, 2011 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger phnompenhpast said...

The CNVLD organized a very successful event in the indoor stadium. The stadium itself has suffered from years of neglect and little in the way of maintenance. One only has to look at the floor of the court to realize this. The wooden floor was installed in 1964, at the same time the facility was built. It has numerous holes and missing tiles on it, some of which have been replaced with cement, many other parts had to be repaired with cardboard and gaffer tape for the world cup. The roof has been leaking for years, which has caused the floor to rot. The underlying structure is also rotted, which makes it impossible to repair, it needs to be completely replaced.
The roof has numerous leaks, after the match was cancelled last week some action was finally taken on this. Four truckloads of dust and garbage were removed from the roof before the next day’s matches. The CNVLD have had to repaint large areas of the stadium prior to the 2007, 2009 and 2011 world cups, and do a lot of work far beyond what they should be required to. An organization putting on an event should not be responsible for the up-keep of the building, and should not be blamed for any problems that result from the lack of general maintenance of what is supposed to be the national sports arena.

August 6, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I'm aware that the CNVLD have done momentous work over the years to bring this high-level competition to a stage where Cambodia has a team and competition to be proud of. However as organizers it should be part of their remit to do whatever is necessary to ensure the competition runs according to its schedule. Ensuring there was a non-leaky roof would've been one of those items that should've been addressed with the local authorities beforehand.
However its water under the bridge now, so to speak. The competition is over, Cambodia did very well to finish as runners-up and we look forward to seeing them challenge for the World Cup again in 2 years time...somewhere.

August 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger phnompenhpast said...

Getting so much as a door unlocked at the stadium is a major undertaking, so getting the roof fixed just wasn't feasible. It was only dealt with after it became an embarrassment when the leak was broadcast live on TV.

August 6, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

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