Lao athletes are eying 3-5 gold medals at the 29th Southeast Asian Games, mostly known as SEA Games which has been scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Aug 19 to 31.
A press conference on the preparation of the Lao athletic delegation for coming SEA Games was held on Aug 7 in Vientiane Capital in the presence of Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun and relevant officials.
The Lao athletic delegation comprises 285 athletes and 36 coaches. Our athletes and trainers have placed our expectation at winning at least 3 to 5 gold medals at the 29th SEA Games in Malaysia, Director General of Elite Sports Department Sengphone Phonhamath told the press conference.
SEA Games 2017 is expected to feature 39 different sports and draw almost 5,000 competitors from 11 countries in the Southeast Asia.
Lao athletes will compete in petanque, muay, taekwondo, wushu, sepak takraw and takraw-silone, pencak silat, billiards-snooker, cycling, archery, boxing, karate-do, judo, football, basketball, golf, shooting, table tennis, badminton, tennis, swimming, rugby and track-and-field.
At the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in 2015, Lao athletes managed to win four silvers and 25 bronze medals, according to Mr Sengphone.
Over 358 million kip have been donated by private sector to support Lao athletes’ participation in the 29th SEA Games, according to Mrs Sengdeuane.
Source: Lao News Agency