Ms Olathay Sounthavong at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane recently after returning from Indonesia’s Asian Games.

Olathay vows one last tilt at SEA Games

Experienced female pencak silat fighter in the 55kg division Ms Olathay Sounthavong is aiming to win a medal at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines next year before retiring from the national team. 
The 30-year-old Ms Olathay presently works in the police sports sector of the Ministry of Public Security where she is First Lieutenant.
She trains at the police sport camp in Xokkham village, Xaysettha district and returned from the Asian Games in Indonesia winning a bronze medal for Laos in the pencak silat fighting event.
Now she is determinedly setting her sights on next year’s 30th SEA Games after missing out at 2013’s SEA Games in Myanmar.
After the 2019 SEA Games, she hopes to be national assistant pencak silat coach as the team lacks women in mentoring roles and wants to develop the next generation of fighters for Laos for international competition.
Born in Xelabam village, Xanasomboun district of Champassak province, she has been training in pencak silat since 2011 and is devoted to the martial art.
She previously trained in sepak takraw and won a gold medal in the women’s team event at the National Games in Champassak province in 2008.
In 2011, she moved to pencak silat and won silver in the fighting event at the 9th National Games in Luang Prabang province followed by a gold medal at 2014’s 10th National Games in Oudomxay province.    

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update September 19, 2018)

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