5 th National Student Games enhance solidarity among students
(KPL) The Fifth National Student Games was officially opened on 13 February in Champasack Province and run for the next ten days.
The games will see students competing for 318 gold medals, 318 silver medals and 428 bronze medals.
The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly, Minister of Education and Sports, Mr Phankham Viphavanh, Champasack Governor, Mr Sonexay Siphandone, relevant officials and participating athletes. “This event is to enhance solidarity among students from difference provinces and also gives opportunities to students who enjoy sports. It also keeps youngsters away from illegal
drugs,”said Governor Sonexay in his opening speech.
Featured at the opening ceremony were traditional dances and performances by more than 1,500 students. The games will see thirteen sports events over one and half weeks, including Petanque, chess,
football, sepak takraw, track and field, basketball, badminton, indoor and beach volleyball, taekwondo, traditional crossbow, table tennis, tennis and mak khang (a traditional games of which players spin dry seeds).
Champasack has designated six venues to accommodate the sports events.
More than 2,000 athletes, including 839 female athletes from sixteen provinces and Vientiane Capital attended the event along with almost 500 sport officials and 491 trainers and health workers, and 2,600 relevant officials.
“The student games will promote physical education and sports development, as well provide opportunities for students to exchange lessons and experiences,” said Governor Mr Sonexay.