Cambodia nabbed petanque gold medals at the recently concluded Petanque World Championships (Trophée l’Equipe de pétanque), in Tours, France.
Ke Leng and Ouk Sreymom, have won a gold medal in Women’s Doubles while Un Srey Ya added a second gold in the women’s singles.
Cambodian Pétanque coach Im Phat speaking last week said that this world championship competition was unique from other world competitions.
“France, the founder of Pétanque, invited only top countries in the region of which Cambodia has sent six players to participate under the leadership of In Kimsrun, Secretary General of the Cambodian Pétanque Federation,” he said.
According to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), only the best Petanque players from each region were invited to copmpete.
Prime Minister Hun Sen also took to his official Facebook page to express his congratulations to Cambodia’s medallists.
The kingdom’s petanque stars are consistently in and around the podium at international competitions. Sok Chan Mean brought home a gold medal from the 47th World Championships in Madagascar, while veteran Ke Leng is herself a two-time World Championship winner.
At last year’s SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, the women’s petanque doubles team of Ke Leng and Ouk Sreymom defeated their Thai-duo Phantipha Wongchuvej and Pataratida Meepak 13-10 to claim gold – two of only four gold medals won by Cambodia at the regional showpiece.
Leng, speaking after the National Games earlier this year, said that at age 53 she was not sure how much longer she could continue to play
The kingdom is set to host the Petanque World Championships next year.