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Cambodian Chess Player Earns a Gold Medal

Chess player Sok Limheng on Saturday won a gold medal in Ouk Chaktrang (Chess) topping Men’s Single 5-Minute event at the 32nd SEA Games.

Crowned “Sdech Ouk” (King of Chess) in Cambodia in 2018 and 2023, Sok Limheng grabbed the gold medal after beating his Vietnamese counterpart.

Cambodia has now got in total 8 gold medals (one in Jiu-Jitsu, four in Kun Bokator, one in Triathlon, one Vovinam, and one in Ouk Chaktrang), five silver and two bronze medals.

Ouk Chaktrang or Cambodian chess, is one of the three identity sports listed in the SEA Games 2023.

The Ouk Chaktrang events are taking place from April 29 to May 9 with seven events.

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”, held from May 5 to 17.

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

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse