New kick-boxing stadium of 25th SEA Games half complete

Posted by samakomlao Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Lao SEA Games Organising Committee has said construction of an indoor stadium in Vientiane where kick-boxing bouts will be staged is now 52 percent complete.

Kick-boxing events will be run by the Muay Lao Federation.

A representative of Beungkhayong Construction, Mr Boonkuer Boonniem, said construction was difficult during the rainy season.

He expected the stadium to be finished in October and said the Lao National Sports Committee (LNSC) would inspect the facility in November, before the SEA Games take place from December 9-18.

Electricity will be installed in the stadium in September. Seating for 1,500 people, a meeting room, and rooms for male and female contestants would also be part of the building.

The new stadium is close to the existing, smaller stadium, which will be renovated to bring it up to the standard of the new facility. Both buildings are located in Beungkhayong village, Sisattanak district.

The old stadium will be painted and have a new electrical system installed before being finished in September. It will be used for shuttlecock events during the SEA Games.

The Thai government is funding the construction of the new stadium and is helping to renovate the existing stadium, at a cost of more than 20 billion kip (85 million baht).

Work began in February, with 50 Lao and 60 Thai labourers working on both buildings.

Last year, the LNSC hosted the Vientiane Muay Lao Competition each month at the old indoor stadium, owned by the Vientiane Sports Department. The Lao Volleyball Federation also held events there.

LNSC Facility Construction Division Chief, Mr Phaiboun Chanthamaly, said LNSC and Sports Department officials would work from the new stadium after the close of the SEA Games .

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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