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Medallists reap rewards

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Gordon Tang (left) poses with the medallists. KT/Yeun Punlue

Cambodia’s duo of Asian Games medallists continue to reap the rewards from their triumphant displays in Jakarta – most recently receipt of a combined $19,000 coming from the coffers of Gordon Tang, vice president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

Ou Moeut Saly and Jessa Khan have been showered with praise and awards after clinching an unlikely pair of gold medals – and a bronze – at the Jakarta showpiece.

Saly claimed his gold medal in the ski modified event. Based on accumulated points of four rounds, he saw off Thai duo Teeraprateep Kasidit and Pupakdee Nuttakorin who were awarded silver and bronze respectively. He won a further bronze in the Runabout 1100 Stock with Thai riders Attapon Kunsa and Phadit Buree capturing the top two spots.

American-born Khan holds both US and Cambodian nationality and is also of Mexican descent. At just 16-years old she claimed a gold for Cambodia in the Ju-Jitsu newaza 49 kg category defeating Mahra Alhinaai of the UAE. She visited Cambodia for the first time just two weeks prior to the Games and returned post-Games to a shower of accolades and prizes.

The latest award was made during a Saturday morning visit to the construction of the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex alongside Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

Mr. Tang dished out $8,000 per gold medal and a further $3,000 for a bronze. In February, Mr. Tang, who is also President of the Cambodian Sailing Federation, donated $36,000 worth of computer equipment to the kingdom’s national sporting federations to strengthen administrative capabilities ahead of the 2023 Phnom Penh SEA Games.

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