Cambodia’s gold medal winners from the recently concluded 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games were rewarded on Friday in a special ceremony as part of NagaWorld’s “Go For Gold” programme.
The event, held in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), was held at NagaCity Walk and 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 given $5,000 for their team gold, while men’s muay 63kg medallist Khim Dima and female taekwondo under 73kg winner Sorn Seavmey received $3,000 each for their individual gold medals.
The entertainment giants contributed an additional $1,500 to the NOCC, representing $500 for each gold medal won by the Cambodian contingent.
In total, Cambodia won three gold, two silver and 12 bronze medals, surpassing the record achieved in the 2015 SEA Games.
Speaking on stage, Muay boxer Dhima said the Kuala Lumpur experience was something he would always remember.
“I fight abroad many times so I’m comfortable whether I fight here or in a foreign country,” he said.
“I am of course very happy to be bringing home a gold medal to Cambodia.”
Pern Chen, the 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 the NOCC in promoting the sports development for the country.”
Speaking to attendees, Mr Chamroeun said NagaWorld’s encouragement had been motivation for the kingdom’s 179-strong SEA Games contingent.
“A gold medal is a big boost and gives our athletes a little more incentive to train. As well as promoting sporting excellence, NagaWorld is a good partner and has always been a great support to Cambodian athletes.”
He added that Cambodia’s eighth place finish was a modest success as they built towards a stronger challenge at the 2023 Games, which Cambodia will host.
Nagaworld formed an alliance with the NOCC to support the Cambodian contingent for the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia as well as at 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 the NOCC, acknowledging and rewarding Cambodian athletes, coaches and media for their continued success.