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Special Olympics exec vote in new president

Vorng Saut, the Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, was named as the new president of the Special Olympics Committee of Cambodia following elections held at the ministry yesterday morning.

Vorng Saut replaced Labor and Vocational Training Minister Ith Sam Heng at the head of the organisation, which aims to provide year-round training and competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Other posts confirmed yesterday include Meas Sarin as permanent vice president, Saem Sokha as vice president, Kleng Chanthou as secretary general, Laor Veng as vice secretary general, Chab Ratana as chief of finances, and Chhun Leng, Em Heang, Meas Sareth, Ngin Sokkrova, Oung Savan, Huy Houn, Ek Emmara as executive members.

Secretary general Kleng Chanthou told the Post: “Now we’ve got 3,025 members and have been given a grant of 164 million riel [$41,190] from Prime Minister Hun Sen. However, our problems remain the same. We have yet to send athletes to compete in other countries because there is no annual budget package as with other sports.

“Annual budget package for running annual competition across the country and proposed awards for athletes and coaches are our committee’s target,” added the general secretary.

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