Lao athletes ask for blessings

Posted by samakomlao Monday, November 30, 2009

The SEA Games Organising Committee led Lao athletes yesterday in paying respect to the late president Kaysone Phomvihane.

“We wish for the spirit of the late president to protect our athletes and ensure the games are a success, just as the late president led us to success in the past,” said Standing Deputy Prime Minister and committee Chairman, Mr Somsavat Lengsavad.

The event took place at the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum in Xaysettha district, Vientiane .

It is common practice for Lao people to visit a place of importance to wish for good luck in the lead-up to a significant event.

The 25th SEA Games will take place from December 9 to 18 in Vientiane, consisting of 370 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.

The games will involve athletes from Brunei , Cambodia , Indonesia , Laos , Malaysian, Myanmar , Philippine, Singapore , Thailand , Vietnam and Timor Leste.

Events will be held at the National Stadium in Dongsanghin village, Xaythany district; the Chao-anouvong stadium in Anou village, Chanthabouly district; the International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre; Beungkhayong stadium; National University of Laos Dong Dok Campus, Don Chan Palace hotel and other venues maked with the SEA Games signage.

By Souknilundon Southivongnorath


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