Cambodia Breaks SEA Games Gold Medal Record

Cambodia broke its Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) medal record after earning so far 22 gold medals at the 32nd SEA Games 2023 over 17 gold medals gained in the SEA Games hosted by Malaysia in 1971.

As of May 7, around noon, Cambodia, the host country, earned a total of 52 medals, 22 of which are gold, remaining at the top of Medal Table, followed by Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Of the 22 gold medals, 5 were won in Vovinam, 4 in Kun Bokator, 3 in Chinlone, 2 in Jiu-Jitsu, 2 in Kun Khmer, 2 in Soft Tennis, 1 in Ouk Chaktrang (Chess), 1 in Aquathlon, 1 in E-Sports, and 1 in Basketball.

A 1,203-strong Cambodian delegation, including 896 athletes, have been taking part in the 32nd SEA Games that the Kingdom is hosting for the first time in 64 years under the motto “Sport: Live in Peace”.

As the host country, Cambodia decided not to charge food and accommodation services for sport delegations to the regional games.

Over 12,000 athletes from 11 participating countries are set to compete in 37 sports with 581 events – 304 for men, 229 for women and 48 mixed – at the SEA Games 2023 under the banner “Cambodia 2023”.

Cambodia bagged 63 medals – nine gold, 13 silver and 41 bronze –in the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam in 2022.

Cambodia expects a medal harvest at the 32nd SEA Games, a biennial multi-sport event scheduled from May 5 to 17.

"We hope our athletes will earn more gold medals in the upcoming games," said Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, at a gathering with the Cambodian athletes and coaches at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on May 2, advising them to adhere to the principle of fair play in order to maintain the nation's reputation and dignity.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse