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Cambodian Olympians Vow To Do Their Best

This year’s six athletes mark the largest showing since 1996.

Davin Sorn, who started taekwondo when she was 15 years old, said for the first two years she kept losing.Davin Sorn, who started taekwondo when she was 15 years old, said for the first two years she kept losing.
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Davin Sorn, who started taekwondo when she was 15 years old, said for the first two years she kept losing.
Davin Sorn, who started taekwondo when she was 15 years old, said for the first two years she kept losing.
Poch ReaseyVOA Khmer
WASHINGTON DC - The six Cambodian athletes competing in the Summer Games this year in London say they realize the Olympics are the most competitive in the world, but they promised to do their best in their events.

Cambodians are competing in judo, swimming, taekwondo and athletics.

In a Skype interview with VOA Khmer, Davin Sorn, who started taekwondo when she was 15 years old, said for the first two years she kept losing.

“But then I saw a slogan at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports that reminds athletes that losing is a stage toward winning,” she said. “So I worked hard to win for myself, as well as for my country.”

Cambodia first joined the Olympics in 1956, putting two equestrians in the Melbourne Games. Its athletes competed through the games in Munich in 1972. It had its greatest number, 13, at the 1964 Tokyo Games.

After years of conflict, Cambodia rejoined the games in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, fielding five competitors across athletics, swimming and wrestling. This year’s six athletes mark the largest showing since then. It has yet to win a medal in any event.

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VOA Khmer
02 August 2012
The six Cambodian athletes competing in the Summer Games this year in London say they realize the Olympics are the most competitive in the world, but they promised to do their best in their events. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey has the interview.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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