Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Japanese comedian running for Cambodia

Japanese comedian running for Cambodia

Neko Hiroshi runs along Phnom Penh’s riverside area during a half marathon in 2011.
Neko Hiroshi runs along Phnom Penh’s riverside area during a half marathon in 2011. Sreng Meng Srun

Japanese comedian running for Cambodia

Japanese “Owarai” comedian Neko Hiroshi has been given a universality placement by the International Olympic Committee to represent Cambodia in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio, according to Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia.

Horoshi, who became a naturalised Cambodian citizen in 2011, will compete in the men’s marathon event at the Rio Games, Vath said.

The 39-year-old runner, who has several podium placings to his credit in some of the country’s half marathons and who won the the inaugural 42km run in Siem Reap two years ago, completes the line up of six Cambodian athletes heading to Brazil in August.

His latest success came last month when he won the Kep marathon in a time of 2 hours 44 minutes in a field of 12 runners.

“We are very happy that Cambodia will be represented both in the men’s and women’s marathons for the first time in history,” Vath told the Post yesterday.

“Neko Hiroshi and 42-year old Nary Ly, who is the first female runner from Cambodia to compete in this prestigious event, will be great inspiration for the younger generation.”

Controversy surrounded Hiroshi’s nomination for the 2012 Olympic Games in London by the NOCC. The world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, ruled that Hiroshi was ineligible to represent Cambodia since the stipulated one-year period had not elapsed since he gained Cambodian nationality. Hiroshi is eligible this year under those rules.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially