2017 Southeast Asian Games medalist Khim Dima says he is eager to repeat his gold-medal winning performance in this year’s 2019 Manila SEA Games.
“My goal is to find a gold medal for the SEA Games but I’m not 100% sure because the SEA Games is so strong,” said Muay medallist Dhima.
“At present, I am 63 kilograms and I have to climb to 64 for the SEA Games this year. However, I am practicing regularly and fighting. Before the SEA games, [I’ll be] ready,” he added.
At the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 2017, Cambodia won three gold, two silver and 12 bronze medals, surpassing the record achieved in the 2015 SEA Games.
Petanque doubles winners Ke Leng and Ouk Sreymom won a team gold, while men’s muay 63kg medallist Dima and female taekwondo under 73kg winner Sorn Seavmey also nabbed individual gold medals.
The 2019 Manila SEA Games will host 529 events in 56 sporting disciplines in what is expected to be the largest event in its history.
The 30th edition of the SEA Games will be hosted in Manila between November 30 to December 10. Discussions last December saw SEAG Federation Council members from all but one of the participating nations take part.
“It’s the biggest and we are happy that the SEA Games Federation agreed to the program,” Philippine National Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas told reporters. In September, the Philippines committed $145 million to the Games budget.
For 2019, Sports have been divided into three categories with athletics and aquatics falling under Category 1 disciplines. There will be 44 events in athletics and 42 in aquatics.
Category 2 sports include archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, 10-pin bowling, boxing, canoe/traditional boat race, chess, cycling, dance sport, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, ice hockey, ice skating, judo and karate-do.
Category 3 sports are made up of Arnis (a Filipino martial art), e-sports, floorball, ju-jitsu, kickboxing, kurash, lawn bowls/petanque, netball, obstacle course, sambo/vovinam, underwater hockey, and wakeboarding.
Hosting rights for 2019 were originally awarded to Brunei Darussalam but the country pulled out citing financial and logistical reasons. Cambodia will host the regional sporting competition in 2023.