Emotions Mixed for Cambodia at SEA Games Results

With one silver and eight bronze me­dals in the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines ending today, Cambodia’s athletes have so far won more medals than East Ti­mor and Brunei, but fewer than Laos and Burma, according to the games’ official Web site.

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Undersecretary of State Bou Chom­serey said Cambodians have won a silver medal in petanque and bronze medals in wrestling, tae­kwondo and boxing. “The contestants tried very hard,” he added.

Bout Vichet, 26, won a bronze me­dal as a featherweight in taekwondo. “I am not really happy even though I won the bronze me­d­al. If I got silver or gold I would have been much happier because I got the same medal in the last SEA Games,”­ in Vietnam in 2003, he said.

“I tried very hard to make other countries know that Cambodia is also strong in taekwondo,” Bout Vi­chet added.

The Korean head coach of the Cambodian taekwondo national team, Thoi Yong Sok, said six Cam­bo­dians competed in the discipline at the games.

With appearances in four SEA Games in a row, Bout Vichet was one of the most experienced Cam­bo­­dian fighters, he said. “He is the best in Cambodia,” he added.

The football team representing Cam­bodia in the games returned home last week after losing all of its three games.

In a last minute decision before the games, the National Olympic Committee replaced the national team with the Cambodian League champion team Khemara supported by Funcinpec President Prince Nor­odom Ranariddh, plus four na­tional-team players.

“We met strong teams like Ma­lay­­sia, the Philippines and Thai­land,” Khemara captain Chea Vi­rath said Sunday. “We did not have long to train,” he said, adding that there was not enough time to integrate the four players from the na­tional team into the team.


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