Monday, March 1, 2010

Cambodia Provides Awards for the 25th SEA Games Winners

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Royal Government of Cambodia has provided over 100,000 million riel to Cambodia’s athletes and coaches who won the 25th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) competition December 9-18, 2009 in Vientiane, Laos.

Cambodia sent 19 sport subjects with 180 delegation officers and 122 athletes to attend the 25th SEA Games competition in Laos. They won 40 medals from the international competition in Laos.

The handing-over ceremony of awards was organized by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, under the presidency of Lok Chum Teav Men Sam An, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and also the Highest Representative of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, on February 12 in Phnom Penh.

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An said that these prizes show the Cambodian government’s strong attention to encouraging and promoting the development of the sports sector in Cambodia. She added that the Cambodian athletes’ victory has really brought honor and prestige for Cambodia as well her people.

“It is the greatest honor and the most pleasure that our Cambodian athletes won many medals from the 25th Southeast Asia Games in Laos for our country. This victory has shown their hard training, hard work and patience in competing to bring the honor for our country as well as Cambodians. On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, I really appreciate your hard work and successes,” she said during her opening remarks delivered to the awards handing-over ceremony in Phnom Penh.

Vath Chamroeun, Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said that Cambodia sent 122 athletes to attend the 25th SEA Games in Laos. The 25th SEA Games tournament took place from December 9-18, 2009 in Vientiane, Laos, with the participation of 11 countries including Cambodia, Brunei, Lao, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

Chamroeun continued to say that as results, Cambodia athlete teams won a total of 40 medals including three gold medals, 10 silver medals and 27 bronze medals from this international competition. He added that Cambodian sport subjects won medals from 2009 SEA Games for Petangue, Wrestling, boxing, Taekwondo, Shuttle Cock, Wushu, and Tennis.

“It is an honor that our Cambodian athletes won 40 medals from the 25th SEA Games in Laos for our nation, and I think that this victory will bring Cambodian sports to the world of sports in the future,” he said. “I hope that through the strong support and the Royal government’s incentive money, our Cambodian athletes and coaches will continue their hard training and hard work in order to gain more medals for their country in the future.”

Ouk Sethy Cheat, Director of the National Sport Training Center in the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports and General Secretary of the Football Federation of Cambodia, said the Royal Government of Cambodia issued a sub-decree in 2008 to provide incentive money for Cambodian athletes who won international competitions or SEA Games.

The Director stated that according to the sub-decree, those who won the gold medal from SEA Games will receive 24 million riel equivalent to US$6,000; those who won silver medal will receive 16 million riel (about US$4,000); and those who won the bronze medal will receive 8 million riel (about US$2,000). The money is sponsored by the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Chov Sotheara, 25, a national wrestler who won a gold medal from the 25th SEA Games competition, was happy to receive the incentive money from the government.

“I am happy that I won a gold medal from the 25th SEA Games competition in Laos. I am also honored that I have received 24 million riel as my incentive money from the Royal Government of Cambodia for my wining,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly.

“I will continue to train harder for the international competitions and to gain more medals for my country in the future,” she said.

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




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