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Skilful coaches lead athletes to sporting achievement

Lao coaches have been passing on their knowledge and experience at the national and international level for many years and will continue leading sports teams to medal and trophy winning success in the future.

This was the case at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last month with many experienced coaches, who were former successful national representatives themselves, passing on their knowledge to Lao competitors.

They were ably assisted by some foreign professional coaches who passed on additional advice to improve the teams' performance in various events.

Lao petanque coaches at the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday.

Some examples at the games in Malaysia include the petanque team which was trained by four Lao coaches and another from Thailand, the taekwondo squad trained by a professional instructor from the Republic of Korea, while the judo team got expert advice from a Japanese coach.

Coaches will have further opportunities to develop Lao teams for the 11th National Games in Xieng Khuang province in November next year, the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines in 2019, and other events in the future.

Gold medal winning Lao women's petanque team coach, Mr Somxay Keopaseuth, said he told his team to respect the competition rules and their opponents in the final against host Malaysia.

“We told the players to do the nation proud and to have confidence in each other during the competition,” Mr Somxay said.

He said the players were very skilful and experienced, but they still discussed tactics with the coach throughout each game and this helped to achieve the gold medal.

“We are always trying to instil self belief in our players so they will give their very best against opponents every time,” he added.

Following the 29th SEA Games, the coach is setting his sights on the World Petanque Championship for women's teams and junior male players in China next month as well as the Asian Petanque Championships in Vientiane this November.

Experienced player Ms Chansamone Vongsavath said they felt the pressure in the final as home team Malaysia were getting lots of support from vocal spectators but they overcame it.

“I'm very happy with our success at the SEA Games and felt even better when I received my cash prizes from the government and sponsor.”

Ms Chansamone is no stranger to success having previously won two bronze medals in the women's team and mixed team events at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in 2015.

At the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand she did even better, winning a gold medal in the women's shooting event, and won another gold medal in the mixed team event at the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013.

Laos has established a record of success in the sport and managed to hold on to its top ranking at the 3rd Asean Petanque Championships on home soil last August after winning five gold, six silver and seven bronze medals from 12 events.

But Laos only won a single silver medal in the petanque mixed doubles event at the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam last year.

At the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in 2015, Laos won bronze medals in the mixed doubles and women's team events, while the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013 saw Laos win four gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

 


By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong
(Latest Update September 9 , 2017 )


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