Lao taekwondo team aims to win 2 gold medals from 25th SEA GAMES

Posted by samakomlao Thursday, November 13, 2008

ANZ Bank supports Lao taekwondo team

Mr Vilay Douangmany (left) and Mr Kerrod Thomas shake hands at the Lao National Sports Committee office.

Seven male and five female Lao taekwondo fighters will be aiming to win at least two gold medals at the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane next year.

The ANZ Vientiane Commercial Bank will provide funding to assist the Lao taekwondo team from this December up until the SEA Games.

The squad has been training at the national camp in Vientiane under the instruction of Mr Kim, a South Korean taekwondo trainer, since the middle of this year.

The Lao Taekwondo Federation held a signing ceremony with federation President, Mr Vilay Douangmany, and ANZ Vientiane Manager Director, Mr Kerrod Thomas, at the Lao National Sports Committee office yesterday. The event was attended by committee officials and Lao taekwondo fighters.

Mr Vilay thanked the bank for sponsoring the taekwondo team and expressed confidence the team would win gold medals at the games.

Mr Kerrod said taekwondo was popular in Laos and many young people were becoming interested in the sport after Lao fighters won medals in international events last year.

The federation will select the best fighters from the eighth National Games to be held in Champassak province in December to participate in the SEA Games.

The national squad will train in South Korea early next year.

The taekwondo event at the SEA Games will have eight men's categories (54kg and 58-84kg) and eight women's categories (47kg and 51-72kg).

The federation's best male fighter is Mr Savathvilay Phimmasone, who won a bronze medal in the Asian Taekwondo Championships in Zhengzhou district, China , last May.

At the 24th SEA Games in Thailand last December, the Lao national team won one silver medal and five bronze medals.


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