2 December 2009

Ready for 2009 SEA Games

This is a 1991 cover postmarked 11th March in Kampong Cham and arrived in Phnom Penh on 18th March. This was a bit long to travel in dry season. Kampong Cham (spelt k"O"mpong cham on postmark) is the capital of Kampong Cham Province, it is the third largest city of Cambodia located just 124km northeast from Phnom Penh.

Three 1992 Bacelona Olympics stamps issued in 1989 were neatly franked, one on the front and two on the back. In the 1980s and 1990s, Cambodia issued quite a lot of collectors targeted stamps on the topic of summer and winter Olympics.

The first international standard multi-sport event Cambodia joined after order retored in 1980 was the 1983 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). More than a decade later, in 1996 Cambodia played at the Olympics once again.

Sports are developing with hope in the rebuilding Cambodia. Although the country has not won any medals at the Olympics or the Asian Games yet, she has gradually gained success at the SEA Games. At the last 2007 SEA Games, Cambodian althetes surprised everyone by bringing home a total of 18 medals, including 2 golds.

This December Cambodia is sending a high morale delegation who will contest in 19 sports at the 25th SEA Games held in Vientiane, the captial of neighbouring Laos. The team is expected to do better than ever and win p├ętanque, athletics, tennis, wrestling, boxing, taekwondo and beach volleyball medals.

Cambodia has never celebrated the SEA Games philatelically. The country is scheduled to host the 2021 games, perhaps by then she would have her first SEA Games stamps to publicize the event. Here is the 25th SEA Games commemorative set by Laos: