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Olympic Games IOC awards Sotheara a place in Rio

Cambodia's best known female wrestler Chov Sotheara has been given one of the four universality places awarded by the International Olympic Committee to represent the country in the Olympic Games in Rio.

Acting on a request from National Olympic Committees eligible for invitational placements at the Games, IOC’s Tripartite Commission last week cleared representations from Cambodia, Haiti, Honduras and Palau.

The Commission awards 110 places in 16 individual sports on the principle of universality to NOCs whose athletes generally do not attain qualification marks.

Haiti will be represented in Rio by Asnage Castelly, who has been awarded a place in the men’s 74 kg freestyle along with Skilang Florian Temengil of Palau.

Cambodia’s multiple SEA Games medalist Chov Sotheara and Brenda Yamlyeth Bailey Gomez of Honduras will compete in the women’s 48kg category.

“Wrestling is a worldwide sport and these athletes will make the most of their opportunity in Rio,” said Nenad Lalovic, president of the United World Wrestling.

However, the Commission, has yet to decide on the four additional spots conventionally awarded to the Olympic hosts.

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