Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cambodia earns first gold medal at ASEAN Para Games



Cambodia earns first gold medal at ASEAN Para Games

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Though this was their very first ASEAN Para Games, the Cambodian women's basketball team put in a record-setting performance and dominated by winning all of their games in a clean sweep to take their well-earned gold medals. AKP

Cambodia earns first gold medal at ASEAN Para Games

Cambodia has lived up to the pre-games prediction and hype for this year's 11th ASEAN Para Games in Solo, Indonesia, notching a significant achievement for the Kingdom.

The Cambodian women's three-on-three wheelchair basketball team won the first medal at the games, taking home top honours with a gold medal victory.

Unfortunately, the Cambodian men's three-on-three wheelchair basketball team couldn't match the women's feat and were defeated by the host team Indonesia in their final.

Though this was their very first ASEAN Para Games, the Cambodian women's basketball team put in a record-setting performance and dominated by winning all of their games in a clean sweep to take their well-earned gold medals.

First they defeated the Lao women's team 11-5 in the opening match on Saturday. Then on Sunday they defeated Thailand's reigning-gold medallist team 9-8, before demolishing the Philippine women's team 18-0 in the final match to take first place and advance to the final game of the round-robin tournament.

With three consecutive victories, the Cambodian women's team faced off against their Thai opponents once again for the final match. It was a tough match and hotly contested from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer, but Cambodia managed to beat Thailand 7-5, securing the Kingdom's first gold medal performance at the games.

The groundbreaking gold medals for the women's wheelchair basketball team have served as inspiration for the rest of the Cambodian delegation to the games who are now hungry to overtake the Kingdom's previous medal-high score of five silver and five bronze in Malaysia in 2017.

Prime Minister Hun Sen – also head of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) – has sent his son Hun Many, a lawmaker for Kampong Speu province and chairman of the National Assembly’s 7th Commission, to lead the Cambodian delegation to the games. Many of them were on hand for the gold medal victory, cheering loudly the whole way.

“We congratulate the Kingdom of Cambodia for winning the first gold medal in the ASEAN Para Games 2022 in Indonesia in the women’s wheelchair basketball event with a victory over Thailand,” Many wrote in a social media post.

Winning the gold medal in the three-on-three event is being interpreted as a good sign for the women's basketball team's chances at another gold medal in the five-on-five event because they are scheduled to face the same teams from Thailand, Laos and the Philippines with the same rules and regulations, just with two more players on the court.

The Cambodian men's wheelchair basketball team failed to win any medals at the 2022 games. The team finished third in the round-robin tournament, losing 16-4 to Thailand, 8-5 to host team Indonesia 9-5 and 20-4 to the Philippines in the bronze medal match.

The Cambodian men's seated volleyball team resoundingly defeated the Philippines in three sets, sweeping all three with scores of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-11 on Monday. They play against Myanmar at 9am today.

“I am really proud of the continued successes of our teams as they compete under intense pressure against the region's best athletes in their sports. These successes reflect the strong discipline, positive attitudes and inspired efforts made by our teams, who have all done their best to win medals for our nation.

"Long live the Kingdom of Cambodia,” concluded Hun Many in his post.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Exclusive interview with Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU

    CAMBODIA is hosting the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings this week with top officials from the US, China, and Russia and other countries in the region slated to attend and to meet with face-to-face with their counterparts on the sidelines. In

  • ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meet commences, Taiwan issue possibly on table

    The 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and related meetings hosted by Cambodia kicks off in Phnom Penh on August 3, with progress, challenges, and the way forward for the ASEAN Community-building on the table. Issues on Taiwan, sparked by the visit of US House Speaker

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • Recap of this year’s ASEAN FM meet and look ahead

    This year’s edition of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) hosted by Cambodia comes against the backdrop of heightened global tensions and increasing rivalry between major powers that have been compared to the animosity of the Cold War era. The following is The Post’

  • Siem Reap action plan for tourism in motion

    The action plan for the Siem Reap Tourism Development Master Plan (2022-2023), focusing on six priority destinations, has been implemented to boost tourism and regain pre-Covid tourist numbers in the province. The action plan sets out 17 strategies and 37 implementation activities for: Angkor Archaeological Park, Phnom