Cambodia has enjoyed “moderate success” at recent international sporting events it has participated in.
The results of the 2022 ASEAN Para Games (11th) and the 19th World Police and Fire Games show that the Kingdom’s athletes have exceeded past performance or exceeded the expectations placed on them.
At the ongoing ASEAN Para Games in Surakarta, Indonesia, Cambodia has already won 16 medals, including five golds in wheelchair basketball, volleyball, long jump, running and boccia, with two more days before the end of the event.
The 11th ASEAN Paralympic Games are due to end on August 6.
Cambodian athletes have also won seven silver medals in swimming, wheelchair racing and running, and another four bronze medals in table tennis, swimming, wheelchair racing and international chess so far, according to the latest count published by the organizers.
Cambodia is currently ranked seventh out of 11 countries participating in the region’s largest sporting event for disabled athletes.
The number already exceeds the 10 medals (five silver and five bronze) that Cambodian athletes won from the 2017 ASEAN Paralympic Games (9th) in Malaysia.
It was also more than the nine medals Cambodia won at the 2015 ASEAN Paralympic Games (8th) in Singapore, and the nine medals received in Myanmar the previous year, leading the member of the National Assembly and Head of Delegation Hun Many to express his appreciation for the efforts and achievements of Team Cambodia.
“They did their best to bring honor to the motherland,” Many said on Facebook.
Cambodia also performed well at the just-concluded 19th World Police and Fire Games, held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from July 22-31.
The 22 police athletes who took part in the event won 33 medals, including 15 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze. Cambodia has won medals in karate, badminton, table tennis, judo and five other sports.
The latest World Police & Fire Games, a tournament that brings together police, fire, customs and corrections services from around the world, featured 63 sports.
Cambodia ranked 15th out of 70 countries.
More than 10,000 athletes from the United States, the Philippines, Brazil, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, India and 61 other nations participated in the Games.
“The glorious success you achieved on this occasion is a source of pride for the National Police as well as the nation as a whole,” National Police Chief Neth Savoeun said.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior organized an open-air parade around Phnom Penh for the Cambodian delegation to the World Police and Fire Games.
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