More boxers squaring up for National Games action

Almost 100 male and female boxers from provinces and ministries are set to compete across various weight divisions at the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang from November 11-21. 

Khamphouvanh Khamsathone (centre) flanked by his coaches during the recent Asian Games in Indonesia.

The men’s boxing will include action in the 45, 52, 56, 60, 64 and 68 kg categories while the women’s competition will comprise 46, 48, 51, 54, 57 and 60 kg weight divisions.
Each bout at the games will consist of three rounds with boxers aged 18-30 competing for 12 gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze medals.
Organisers expect a good mix of youth and experience among competitors with five male and three female national representatives confirmed for games action. The Lao Amateur Boxing Federation will provide referees and sporting equipment as well as assist with staging competitions at the games.
Meanwhile, Xieng Khuang province has its indoor sports centre ready for the boxing event. 
Deputy Head of the Xieng Khuang provincial Education and Sports Department, Mr Thongpiew Sipanya, said “Our province will enter three men and five women in the boxing events and we hope to win two gold medals on home soil.”
At the 2014 National Games in Oudomxay province, more than 70 fighters took part in boxing events.
Xieng Khuang’s boxers are preparing at a provincial training camp and the Lao National Sports Training Centre in Vientiane.
Skilful boxers will no doubt catch the eye of national selectors as they look ahead to the Lao team for next year’s SEA Games in the Philippines and other international bouts. 
The national team comprises Khamphouvanh Khamsathone in the men’s 49kg category, Viengxay Ekasith in the men’s 52kg division, and Chansamone Vilaysak in the men’s 56kg, along with Ms Daomayouly Chanthalath in the women’s 51kg category.
All four represented Laos at the recent Asian Games in Indonesia but unfortunately returned home without medals.
In April, two Lao lads competed in the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships as the qualifying round for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October but they failed to progress.
From June 27 to July 7, the Lao boxing team trained in Bangkok, where they also took part in the King’s Cup but were unsuccessful in their medal attempts.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update September 12, 2018)

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