via Khmer NZ
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 15:00 H S Manjunath
THE National Olympic Committee of Cambodia will be represented by a 46 member-strong contingent of athletes, officials and delegates at the 16th Asian Games to be held from November 12 to 27 in Guanzhou, the second city in China to host the event after Beijing in 1990.
The biggest games ever, involving 476 events in 42 disciplines, has attracted 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia, with participating athletes touching a record number of 8,000 accompanied by 4,500 officials.
Twenty20 Cricket is among the debutant sports along with Dancesport, Dragon Boat, Weiqi and Roller Sport.
Releasing the Kingdom’s list of participants including eight women, the NOCC General Secretary Vath Chamroeun said it was by far the biggest squad ever sent. “We have more athletes and more disciplines, and the recent success of a Judo bronze medal by Sam Sothea at the Youth Olympic Games has given us new impetus and changed perceptions about how Cambodian athletes are looked at.”
Cambodia will be taking part in eight disciplines – Athletics, Boxing, Swimming, Taekwondo, Beach Volleyball, Chinese Chess, Tennis and Wrestling.