SEA Games 2023: Cambodia signs off with picture-perfect closing ceremony

Nothing, not even a passing thunderstorm midway through Wednesday night’s closing ceremony, was going to stop first-time SEA Games hosts Cambodia from throwing a party to commemorate its place in history.

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Rain, lightning and thunder had interrupted the pre-show entertainment at the Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh but the on-field performers were unfazed, as were the thousands of locals in the stands. They sang, danced and cheered loudly, defiant despite the inclement weather.

Cambodia’s 896 athletes had shown similar spirit during three weeks of competition, winning 81 golds – the country’s previous best was 17 at the 1971 South-east Asian Peninsular Games – to finish fourth in the standings behind powerhouses Vietnam (136 golds), Thailand (108) and Indonesia (87).

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