Friday, December 25, 2009

Cambodia Wins 40 Medals in SEA Games 2009

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Cambodia sent a total of 19 sport subjects with 121 athletes for the 25th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) hosted in Laos. The 25th SEA Games tournament took place from December 9-18, in Vientiane, Laos, with the participation of eleven countries including Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. As results, Cambodian athletes won 40 medals from the international competition.

Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said Cambodia’s athlete teams won a total of 40 medals including 3 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from the competition.

“It is a very proud and high honor with our Cambodian athletes who have won 40 medals from the 25th SEA Games in Laos for our nation in this year,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during a personal interview on December 19. “I think that this victory will bring Cambodia to the world of sports in the future.”

Minister Thong Khon said that in 2007 SEA Games in Thailand, Cambodian athletes received a total of 18 medals including 2 gold medals, 5 silver and 11 bronze medals from the competition.
He added that the reason why Cambodia’s athlete teams won more medals from the 2009 SEA Games is that Cambodia prepared well for the competition. Cambodia sent its athletes for oversea training prior to the competition. On other hand, the Cambodian government issued a sub-decree in 2008 providing money for the winners.

According to the sub-decree, those who win the gold medal from SEA Games will receive a total of US$6,000; those who win silver medal will receive US$4,000; and those win the bronze medal will receive US$2,000. The money is given by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sport.
Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said that Cambodia has seven potential sport subjects for the 25th SEA Games competition in Laos. The seven potential sport subject including included Petanque, Beach Volleyball, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Tennis, shuttle cock and boxing.

Chamroeun said Cambodian sport subjects that won medals from 2009 SEA Games were: Petanque with 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 5 bronze medals; Wrestling with 1 gold medal, 3 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals; boxing with 1 silver and 4 bronze medals; Taekwondo with 3 silver medals and 4 bronze medals; Shuttle Cock with 7 bronze medals; Wushu with 2 bronze medals; and Tennis with one bronze medal.

He added that according to 25th SEA Games report, Thailand won a total of 266 medals including 86 gold, 83 silver medals, and 97 bronze medals; Vietnam won 215 medals including 83 gold medals, 75 silver medals, and 57 bronze medals; Indonesia won 170 medals including 43 gold, 53 silver and 74 bronze; Malaysia won 139 medals including 40 gold, 40 silver, and 59 bronze; Philippines won 124 medals including 38 gold, 35 silver and 51 bronze; Singapore won 98 medals including 33 gold, 30 silver and 35 bronze; Laos won 110 medals including 33 gold, 25 silver, and 52 bronze; Myanmar won 71 medals including 12 gold, 22 silver, and 37 bronze; Cambodia 40 medals including won 3 gold, 10 silver and 27 bronze; Brunei won 10 medals including 1 gold, 1`silver and 8 bronze; and Timor Leste won 3 bronze medals.

According to the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, there are a total of 33 types of sports subjects with 33 sport federations in Cambodia. ////

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