Saturday, October 11, 2008

Exceptional athletes

All of the 10 CNVL teams line up on court at the Olympic Stadium
If I was feeling a bit narky yesterday then watching the disabled volleyball finals at the Olympic Stadium last night put a smile on my face. These guys are exceptional athletes and are a shining light for the whole of Cambodian sport. With the best player in the country, Mean Veasna in their ranks I fully expected the Phnom Penh Sunway Dragons to dominate the final, but it was the well-drilled teamwork of the Kompong Speu Siemens Kangaroos that took charge from the off and never let up, winning 3-nil. Both teams had their moments, with the Dragons relying heavily on Veasna and their coach Chuoy Kim Horn, who's also the National Team manager, but the less-fancied Kangaroos repeated the form that took them to the top of the league table. Before the grand final, all of the ten teams in the qb National Volleyball League lined up on court to hear the national anthem sung by 12 year old BosbaPANH and to speeches from Chris Minko, the CNVL Chief and the Minister of Social Affairs.
On stage BosbaPANH sings the Cambodian national anthem
The grand final gets underway with a service from Phnom Penh Dragons


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