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Laos prepares to host youth world table tennis meet

Laos will host the World Table Tennis Youth Contender in Vientiane from September 20-23, which will be attended by more than 200 players, trainers, referees and leaders from numerous countries.
Players will compete in the male and female singles and mixed doubles events in the U-11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 age groups, at the Lao-ITECC Mall. Lao and Chinese companies are providing support for the tournament and the equipment to be used is being paid for by two Chinese companies.

Associate Prof. Dr Phout Simmalavong (second left) and Dr Khampheng Xaysompheng (second right) address a press conference in Vientiane on Tuesday.

The Lao Table Tennis Federation held a press conference on Tuesday to report on preparations for the event, attended by the President of the National Olympic Committee of Laos and Minister of Education and Sports, Associate Prof. Dr Phout Simmalavong; Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng; Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Mr Kingmano Phommahaxay; Federation President Mrs Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun; and representatives of sponsor companies. Dr Phout said the tournament was a world-level event, so the organising committee would ensure that all arrangements and facilities were up to international standards.
Lao players and their trainers have upped their game in preparation for the event. They have met with success at foreign competitions in the past and hope to improve on their efforts at the tournament on home soil.
The tournament will be organised in a spirit of friendship, with the players coming from world sporting families and planning to enjoy the event and their time in Laos. Dr Phout said he was sure the people of Vientiane would be good hosts and would turn up in large numbers to support the Lao table tennis players.
There are 30 Contender competition organising committees and training courses have been held for referees, both in Laos and other countries.
Laos will be represented at the tournament by 45 players.
Members of international organisations involved in the tournament will come from Portugal, Egypt, Oman, Germany, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, to help with the organisation of the event.
Government leaders, trainers and table tennis teams will come from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea, India, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Laos.
The Lao Table Tennis Federation is overseeing arrangements in relation to match planning, transport, security and the media.
The tournament will be broadcast live on television. The opening ceremony will inform viewers and participants about important places in Laos, in the hope that foreign visitors will want to visit some of the country’s most popular attractions.
Laos hosted the Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships last September, in which more than 160 young players from 18 countries took part.
The championships were supported by the Asian Table Tennis Union and Chinese companies.
The Chinese team was the outright winner with five gold, three silver and eight bronze medals, while the Japanese team came second with four gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update September 8, 2023)

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