translated by Brett Larner
Comedian Hiroshi Neko, 36, has been named to the Cambodian national team for this autumn's Incheon Asian Games in the marathon according to a June 22 press release from his management. Neko, a Cambodian citizen, holds the all-time second-best Cambodian time of 2:30:26. The Asian Games will be his third time being named to a Cambodian team for an international championships. Neko commented, "I will do everything I can in training for the three months until the main event, and I will show everyone my best running there."
The Japanese-born Neko, whose real name is Kuniaki Takizaki, took Cambodian citizenship in 2011. He was initially named to Cambodia's 2012 London Olympics team, but due to eligibility issues surrounding his transfer of citizenship he was unable to run.