Lao beach volleyball teams confident of SEA Games success

Posted by samakomlao Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Lao male and female beach volleyball teams are confident of reaching the semi-finals at the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane this December.

The teams are currently training at a facility in Nongtha village in Chanthabouly district.

The teams previously trained on Done Chan beach and are now under the instruction of Chinese and Lao trainers.

One trainer, Mr Inthaphone Chengsavang said there is only one field for training, which means the female team trains between 8 and 10am and again from 2 to 4pm, while the male team trains from 6 to 8am and 4 to 6pm.

The teams hope to train at the facility to be used during the games in the coming months.

Mr Inthaphone said the Lao teams will face strong opposition from the Indonesian and Thai teams, who are amongst the best in the region.

The Lao teams will seek to gain international experience in the lead-up to the games.

The Lao Volleyball Federation will host a regional beach volleyball tournament before the games commence.

The women's team consists of players selected from the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of National Defence teams. The team is Phonthava Phetsalath, Thammasin Phongsavath, Nanthaxay Latmany and Somboun Sidavong.

The men's squad is made up of players from the Vientiane and Ministry of National Defence teams. The team is Chan-aloun Vongxaya, Pany Chanthavong, Phimphone Bualapha and Vongphachan Xayamoungkhoun.

Laos has never won a medal in beach volleyball at the SEA Games level.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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