Cambodia’s boxing community received a timely boost yesterday after Pi Pay, Cambodia’s newest cashless payment app, donated $5,000 towards the development of the kingdom’s budding young boxers.
In attendance were some of Cambodia’s fighting luminaries including Eh Phuthong, who hailed the donation as a major step in increasing facilities available to Khmer fighters.
Cambodian boxers have been decidedly unsuccessful at the ongoing SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur and have as yet failed to match the silver medal won by Ratha Ven at the 2015 games in Singapore.
Elsewhere in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian equestrian team of Ly Sovanachandara, Lon Sopheakra, Sim Narith, Phay Visal and Moeng Sochea touched down at Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday with an equestrian bronze medal from the SEA Games in the 80km team endurance competition on Sunday.
Also yesterday, Cambodian boxer Felix Marlin Beaten was defeated by his Filipino opponent in the men’s 84kg event, while in the tennis Our Sarith and Long Samneang fell 6-1 6-2 to Indonesia.
As of yesterday evening, under-pressure competition hosts Malaysia led the standings with 47 medals, 23 ahead of second-placed Singapore.
The 29th edition of the Games finishes on August 30 and will coincide with the celebration of Malaysia’s 60th Independence Day.