|University taekwondo fighters set sights on PM's Cup
The National University of Laos (NUOL) Club is ready to enter 50 taekwondo fighters in the 3rd Prime Minister's Cup to be held at the Booyoung Gymnasium at the end of this month.
The club entered more than 40 fighters in general and junior levels at the 2nd Prime Minister's Cup in 2008.
This year the club has fighters ready in each category, with the team including first line-up and substitution fighters.
The club has 28 females and 22 males competing at junior and general levels this year, in both the fighting division and poom sea (artistic) division.
The team is currently in training at the gymnasium, which is located on the university's Dongdok campus.
NUOL taekwondo trainer Mr Viengsouk Hangngeun believes the club will be successful at the upcoming event because it has many talented fighters, especially in the junior divisions.
Fighters in the general categories will face stiff competition from experienced fighters from other taekwondo clubs in Vientiane and around the country.
The cup aims to promote and develop junior taekwondo fighters and provide an opportunity for them to gain more tournament experience.
This year's cup comprises of a junior category with U-10 (20 to 32kg), U-12 (28-36kg), U-15, and U-17 (36 to 63kg) divisions.
There will also be a general division consisting of men's 54kg, and 58 to 84kg, and women's 46kg, and 49 to 73kg.
The poom sea event consists of men's and women's singles, mixed doubles, and men's and women's teams (three fighters).
Mr Viengsouk said the club will struggle to win medals in the poom sea event because it has mainly new fighters in this style but teams from Vientiane and other provinces have many experienced fighters.
The Prime Minister's Cup is hosted by the Lao Taekwondo Federation and this year will include teams from Vientiane, Savannakhet, Champassak, Xekong, Luang Prabang, Bokeo and other provinces.
National team selectors will be keeping a close eye on the performance of fighters at the event ahead of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in November.
The NUOL Club will use the cup as a basis for selecting its best fighters to prepare for the 15th Asean University Games in Thailand in December.
The taekwondo team will undertake a three month training camp in the lead-up to the university games.
At the Federation Cup held last February, NUOL claimed second ranking behind the KG Taekwondo Club of Thailand.