Saturday, December 19, 2009

On a roll

Some of you will be worn out by the number of football-related posts on my blog in recent weeks. I know I am. But it was for a good cause as I tracked at close quarters the Cambodian U23 football team's efforts to bring some SEA Games medals back home. We knew it was going to be a tall order and so it proved. However, the overall Cambodian team that took part in the 25th SEA Games in Laos performed admirably and when competition finished yesterday, they'd accumulated no less than 40 medals - an incredible increase on their previous best in 2007 of 18 medals. The roll of honour included 3 golds, for which the winning athletes will each get a personal monetary award of $6,000, 10 silvers and 27 bronzes. Kudos to all of the Cambodian sportsmen and women who took part in making this SEA Games the country's best-ever. The final medal standings showed Thailand at the top with 86 golds (and 266 medals in total) with Vietnam just 3 golds fewer and Indonesia in third place with 43 golds. Laos, the hosts, grabbed no less than 33 golds. An incredible result for them.
Now, turning away from the SEA Games, I will try and get back to some sense of normalcy with blog postings on books, films, exhibitions, ancient temples and the usual array of goodies that cross my path. Talking of which I've just had an invitation to attend the premiere screening on home soil of the film Same Same But Different at the Cine Lux cinema in Phnom Penh this evening. Shot in 2008 in various locations around Cambodia, its a love story with a twist and all the film's stars will be in attendance. You can find out more about the film here. I'll let you know what I think later. I also had an email today from one of the producer's on the Passport to Asia, a television travel show with American host Samantha Brown, which will be coming to Cambodia for the shooting of an hour-long episode in January. Ms Brown's travel shows are incredibly popular on the Travel Channel in America and this will be another rung on the ladder of opening up the wonders of Cambodia to a wider audience.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Andy,

Thank for your covering games matches especially football from 25th sea game, Laos. You are our true nation lover.


December 19, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I would've covered the SEA Games athletes' return to Phnom Penh and their ceremony at the Olympic Stadium yesterday (Sunday) - if anyone had told me about it!
The communication in this place is absolutely crap sometimes. I worked on the SEA Games for the Phnom Penh Post but no-one bothered to tell me there was a ceremony yesterday to promote the country's success at this SEA Games, winning 40 medals which is a massive increase on previous years. I despair sometimes.
Don't these people want their achievements publicised?

December 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

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