Lao sepak takraw teams eyeing domestic, int’l events

Men’s and women’s sepak takraw teams are setting their sights on upcoming domestic and international events into next year following last month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.

The Lao women’s sepak takraw team during training in Indonesia before competing at the Asian Games last month.

Currently, the sepak takraw teams are training at the Olympasia Indoor Stadium at the National University of Laos under Lao coaches.
Teams representing provinces and ministries will take part in the National Games in Xieng Khuang province from November 11-21
Upcoming international competitions include the 33rd World Championship or King’s Cup in Thailand from October 23-30, the sepak takraw and takraw-silone event at the Asean University Games in Myanmar in December, the Asian Beach Games to be hosted by India in May next year, and the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines.
Thailand hosts the King’s Cup featuring division one and division two competitions every year, with more than 20 countries attending next month’s tournament.
Lao teams have previously taken part in the King’s Cup division one and have won a bronze medal at the World Championship.
This year’s team will comprise 18 male and 18 female players competing in men’s and women’s singles (three players), doubles, teams and the new quad event (four players) hoop sepak takraw, and team (three teams or 12 players) events. 
Vice President of Lao Sepak Takraw Federation, Mr Anousone Khenkitisack, said the team would try its best to win medals at the tournament in Thailand.
The federation will use its budget to support the team at the World Championship while the NUOL will support players at the Asean University Games in Myanmar.  
The Lao teams have many new players this year as well as some experienced players, with most being students or ministry staff.
At the Asian Games in Indonesia last month, the Lao men’s sepak takraw teams (three teams) won a silver medal in the men’s team event, while the women’s team (four players) won a bronze medal in the women’s team event. 
Both male and female members of the sepak takraw team were hopeful of their medal chances at the Asian Games following their silver and bronze medals at the 2014 games in the Republic of Korea.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update September 14, 2018)

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