Completion of SEA Games shooting field in sight

Posted by samakomlao Thursday, August 13, 2009

The shooting field in Dongsanghin village, Xaythany district, to be used for the 25th SEA Games in Vientiane this December is now 90 percent complete.

The Lao SEA Games Organising Committee says the arena will be completed within a month.

Manager of the Construction Project for the 25th SEA Games, Mr Khiengkham Phoutchanhthavongsa said officials are waiting for equipment from Germany to install at the field.

The shooting field will consist of 32 lanes of 10 metres in length and 32 lanes of 50m in length. The arena will have seating for 50 spectators.

Construction of the facility began in October 2007.

The national shooting team will train at the field from October in preparation for the games.

The team is currently training at the Lao Shooting Federation's field, which has eight lanes of 10m in length and six lanes of 50m.

The Industrial Park Overseas Investment Company, China Yunnan Construction Engineering Group and China Development Bank are currently constructing a sports complex for the SEA games at a cost of more than 849 billion kip (more than US$100 million).

The complex will include a football stadium, swimming pools, tennis courts, a shooting field and two indoor stadiums. The complex is located in Dongsanghin village, Xaythany district, Vientiane .

The shooting event at the games will consist of men's and women's singles 50m rifle and 10m air rifle; women's singles and team 25m pistol and 10m air pistol; men's singles 25m rapid fire pistol and 25m centre fire pistol; men's singles and team 25m standard pistol, 10m air pistol and 50m pistol events.

The Lao national shooting team finished in sixth place at the South East Asia Shooting Championships in Vietnam last September after winning one gold, four silvers and eight bronze medals.

The Lao shooting team failed to win a medal at the last SEA Games in Thailand in 2007

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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