Cambodia’s gold medal winners from the recently concluded 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games were hailed this morning in a special reward ceremony as part of NagaWorld’s “Go For Gold” partnership with the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC).
The event, was held at NagaCity Walk, was attended by key NOCC officials including secretary-general Vath Chamroeun, athletes, media, and NagaWorld’s senior management.
Petanque Doubles’ winners, Ke Leng and Ouk Sreymom were awarded $5,000 for team gold, while Khim Dima (men’s muay 63kg) and Sorn Seavmey (female taekwondo under 73kg) were awarded $3,000 each for their individual gold medals.
NagaWorld contributed an additional $1,500 to NOCC, representing $500 for each gold medal achieved by the Cambodian contingent. In total, Cambodia achieved 3 gold, 2 silver and 12 bronze medals, surpassing the record achieved in the 2015 SEA Games.
Speaking on stage, Muay boxer Dhima said that the Kuala Lumpur experience was something that he would remember.
“I fight abroad many times so I’m comfortable whether I fight here or in a foreign country. I am of course very happy to be bringing home a gold medal to Cambodia,” he said.
Mr Pern Chen, executive director of NagaWorld, said: “Looking at the significant milestones achieved by our national athletes over the years, we are confident they will continue to shine on the world stage. It is our great honour to be part of this meaningful journey together with NOCC in promoting the sports development for the country”.
Speaking to attendees, Mr Chamroeun added that Cambodia’s eighth place finish was a modest success as they built towards a stronger challenge at the 2023 SEA Games which Cambodia will host.
Nagaworld formed an alliance with the NOCC to support the Cambodian contingent for the 2011 SEA Games in lndonesia as well as the London 2012 Olympics.
NagaWorld subsequently signed a four-year agreement with the NOCC in 2015 for major international sports events including the Olympics, SEA Games and Asia Games until 2018.
It has also contributed in supporting kick boxing, tennis, football and mixed martial arts among other sports, helping to raise the profile and development of Cambodian sports, and encourage the participation of athletes on a national and regional level.
Since 2016, NagaWorld has also hosted the annual Cambodian Sports Awards with NOCC, acknowledging and rewarding Cambodian athletes, coaches and media for their continued success.