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ParaGames champions collect cash rewards

Cambodian medal-winning athletes and coaches from the 7th ASEAN ParaGames, which were held two weeks after the closing of the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, collected cash bonuses totalling $261,550 on Monday as part of a government sub-decree which rewards international sporting achievements.

The medallists were also given amounts donated personally by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, with each gold yielding $5,000, silver $3,000 and bronze $2,000. Coaches got the equivalent of the reward for the best medal of their athletes, while assistant coaches were granted 70 per cent of this amount.

Hun Sen’s youngest son, Hun Many, was on hand at the National Centre of Disabled Persons in Sen Sok district on Monday to distribute the prizes. Among the top earners were wheelchair racing superstar Van Vun, who brought home three gold medals and two silvers from Myanmar to bank 180 million riel ($45,170) and gold medal-winning swimmer Chhim Tout, who received 40 million riel.

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