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Bokator tourney over, but cash prizes queried

Bokator tourney over, but cash prizes queried

The 2013 National Bokator Championships wrapped up four days of competition at the Dambol Touk indoor hall of the National Sports Complex on Friday afternoon, with the event featuring both forms performances and combat events hailed a success by some, while others slammed the seemingly tiny cash rewards for class winners.

A bonus of 120,000 riel ($30) was handed to those topping the podium in each performance division, 70,000 riel was granted to runners up, and 50,000 riel for third.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports’ physical department deputy director Beoung Kim Tao hit back at suggestions of corruption by organisers.

“We don’t take even a single dollar from the prize fund, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport,” he told the Post. “Some people may get confused about the fact that the moves performers get [roughly] 70 per cent of the prize money of combaters.”

Green Gecko Club members triumphed in eight out of 15 men’s and women’s events, the majority of which were in forms performances.

Combat competitions were held in two men’s weight classes. White Lion Club’s Hin Sopheaknit was champion at 56kg, with Thach Thavica of Angkor Reach Club as runner up and Toch Si Sovan from University of Puthisastra Club in the third place.

At 65kg, Tep Sophos Reatry of PSE Club reigned supreme, while Dambang Daik Club’s Jey Sovanchan took second and Mean Rith Kampot Club’s Phan Khea and White Lion’s Saran Vichet shared third.

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