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NagaWorld rewards Asian Games medallists

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Jessa Khan (left) and Ou Moeut Saly were both awarded $10,000 each at Wednesday’s award ceremony. KT / Yeun Punlue

Celebrating Cambodia’s record-breaking medal haul at the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, NagaWorld hosted a special reward ceremony for the Kingdom’s medal-winning athletes at NABA Theatre @ Naga2.

Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), NOCC officials, local athletes and NagaWorld’s senior management were present at Wednesday’s event.

Jessa Khan, the 16-year-old Gold medallist in the women’s-49kg jiu-jitsu competition and Ou Moeut Saly, men’s ski modified jet ski champion were both awarded $10,000 each. Ou Moeut also won a bronze in the runabout 1100 stock jet ski to receive an additional $3,000 reward.

NagaWorld also contributed $1,500 to the NOCC for the three medals achieved by the Cambodian team.

Mr. Pern Chen, NagaWorld Managing Director said, “we are absolutely delighted to welcome back our triumphant athletes from the 2018 Asian Games. The 2 golds and 1 bronze represent the country’s best ever result at Asian Games and we are extremely proud of the Cambodian’s contingent achievement in elevating the Kingdom’s ranking among the 45 competing nations and regions.

“This shows that the efforts of the NOCC, with full support from NagaWorld, in the development of sports in the Kingdom has continued to pay off. It is our great honour to be part of this meaningful journey together with the NOCC, and we hope to celebrate more glory for Cambodia on the international stage,” he added.

Pern Chen, NagaWorld Managing Director, said NagaWorld hoped for more Cambodian sporting success.
KT / Yeun Punlue

Cambodia’s final medal tally of three – two gold and a bronze – was their best performance in the Asiad in their 64-year participation. They finished the 2018 edition on 24th position in the medal table, sandwiched between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

NagaWorld has a distinguished history of supporting sport in the kingdom. It was the first company in the country’s corporate sector to sign an alliance with the NOCC to support the Cambodian contingent for the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia and London 2012 Olympics.

NagaWorld subsequently signed a 4-year Go For Gold partnership agreement with NOCC in 2015 which sees Cambodian success at major international sporting events such as the Olympic Games, Asian Games and SEA Games. At a lavish awards ceremony last September, it awarded cash prizes to 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games medallists, Ke Leng, Ouk Sreymom, Khim Dhima, and Sorn Seavmey.

Mr. Chamroeun, secretary general of the NOCC said the support of NagaWorld was vital to the success of Cambodia’s sportsmen and women.

“This is not the first time NagaWorld has contributed to our Cambodian athletes, he said. “In SEA Games of 2017 and in previous editions they have always encouraged us.

On behalf of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, I wish to thank NagaWorld for always helping our every movement in improving sport in Cambodia. We only wish more companies would also invest in sport,” he added.

NagaWorld has also supported kickboxing, tennis, football, mixed martial arts and more, helping to raise the profile and development of Cambodian sports and encourage the participation of athletes on a regional and national level, leading them on a path to succeed on the international stage.

Since 2016, NagaWorld has hosted the Cambodian Sports Awards with NOCC at its hotel venue, acknowledging Cambodian athletes, coaches and media for their distinguished success in the sports arena.

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