Progress report of 25th SEA Games from Laos

Posted by samakomlao Monday, May 18, 2009

Various Lao sporting committees and federations on Friday joined local media to view progress on the construction of the 20,000-seat 25th SEA Games stadium in Dongsanghin village, Xaythany district, Vientiane .

Construction of the game's main stadium is now 90 percent complete and the construction company expects to hand over the facility to the Lao government in September.

Minister to the Prime Minister's Office and President of the Lao National Sports Committee, Dr Phouthong Seng Akhom, told media the stadium would be finished soon and the construction company will furnish and clean it before handing it over.

“More than 10 different events will be held at the stadium, including indoor and outdoor sports. The stadium is the first international standard stadium in Laos and will also host the opening and closing ceremonies for the games,” he said.

He said rumours that construction of facilities for the games will not be ready in time are untrue, as the main stadium is now 90 percent complete and overall preparations for the games are 80 percent complete.

Other indoor and outdoor courts at Chao-anouvong stadium in Anou village, Chanthabouly district, the International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre, Beungkhayong stadium and facilities at the National University of Laos are also close to completion and are waiting to be fitted out with sports equipment.

Committees have been formed to oversee hospitality, transportation, travel arrangements and security during the games. They include representatives from the ministries of Public Works and Transport, Health, Public Security, and Information and Culture, the Lao National Tourism Administration and other organisations.

“We have received reports from each committee regarding their preparation efforts and some areas are close to completion while others need further work,” Dr Phouthong said.

The 25th SEA Games will take place from December 9 to 18, involving 390 events in the 25 sports of athletics, swimming, archery, badminton, snooker and billiards, muay, cycling, football, golf, judo, karatedo, sepak takraw, shooting, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting, boxing, pencak silat, petanque, fin swimming, diving and shuttlecock.

Athletes from Laos , Vietnam , Cambodia , Brunei , Thailand , Malaysia , Indonesia , Myanmar , the Philippines , Singapore and Timor Leste will take part.

By Souknilundon Southivongnorath

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