Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Olympic Games IOC awards Sotheara a place in Rio

Olympic Games IOC awards Sotheara a place in Rio

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.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • US’ Cambodian ambassador appointment blocked

    The US Senate returned the nomination of Patrick Murphy as Ambassador to Cambodia back to US President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the American government shutdown entered its third week. The US Senate website announcement said it returned Murphy’s nomination as ambassador as his

  • ‘Indian’ tuk-tuk drivers take flak

    The drivers of “Indian” metered tuk-tuks are facing widespread criticism for failing to respect traffic laws and causing traffic jams and accidents. Nay Sitha, a resident of Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, spoke to The Post about the difficulties he faces, especially when travelling to

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as