NUOL team eyeing 5 gold medals at Asean University Games

Students approach the finish line during the annual track and field competition at the NUOL Stadium earlier this year.

The National University of Laos (NUOL) team is aiming to win at least five gold medals at the Asean University Games to be hosted by Myanmar from December 7-20.
The university’s team will comprise more than 100 athletes competing in men’s football, archery, golf, petanque, badminton, sepak takraw and takraw-silone, wushu, and vovinam, along with track and field events.
Secretary General of the NUOL Sports Federation, Associate Prof. Dr Anoulom Vilayphone, said it was holding discussions with individual sport federations next week in preparation for the games.
“We are targeting martial arts, sepak takraw and petanque events as our best medal hopes for the University Games in Myanmar,” he said.
“From next month, we will be able to select the best athletes who will attending a live-in NUOL training camp before travelling to Myanmar,” Dr Anoulom said.
NUOL is also drawing upon students aged 17 to 26 from other educational institutions around the country to join their team for the Asean University Games.
While supportive of young students given the opportunity to compete at the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang province in November, NUOL hoped that all athletes would come through injury free so they could also attend the University Games the following month.
Two months ago, NUOL held annual games at its stadium allowing sporting officials to identify talented student athletes for the games.
The NUOL team competed in 12 different events at the 2016 Asean University Games in Singapore where they managed to win three gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update September 8, 2018)

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