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Cambodia-Thailand clashes on the field get cancelled

The solidarity of the Olympic Movement was not enough to prevent the cancellation of several sporting contests between neighbours Cambodia and Thailand slated for this year due to political friction and security fears. Scrapped events included the Mekong Goodwill Games, to be hosted by the Kingdom this December and which would have featuring competitions in pétanque, volleyball, sepak takraw and athletics. Also on the cards was a car rally to race from Thailand into Cambodia in July or August, as well as gymnastics and wrestling matches in September in Thailand. Nory Phana, chief of the International Relations Department of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, claimed the cancellations were also due to Cambodian teams being preoccupied with preparations for the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia this November.  TRANSLATED BY PANN RETHEA

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