Vietnam to send 800 to 25th SEA Games in Laos 2009

Posted by samakomlao Sunday, April 5, 2009

HANOI, Feb 19 (VNA) – Vietnam will send an 800-member team to the 25 th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Laos this December, announced the Sports Administration.

The announcement was made at a meeting deploying culture, sports and tourism works this year, which was held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Hanoi on Feb. 17.

The Vietnam sports delegation will aim to earn around 55-60 gold medals at the Laos Games, and rank in the top three.

At the 24 th SEA Games in Thailand , the largest in the regional event’s history with 43 events and 488 sets of medals, Vietnam sent 1,000 athletes and finished in the top three.

Vietnam has also defined some main tasks in 2009, including helping Laos organise the 25 th SEA Games successfully, earning 11 golds to rank sixth at the third Asian Indoor Games, hosted by Vietnam, taking part in the Asian Martial Arts Festival with 80 athletes and gaining gold medals in pencak silat, karatedo, taekwondo and wushu and partaking in the Asian Youth Sports Festival in Singapore with 90 players, all while preparing for the 2010 Asian Games and the 2012 Olympics.

This year, Vietnam will also be the host of over 200 tourneys, of which 30 will be international. (VNA)

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