July 1, 2013
INTRO: More than 70 amateur badminton players from clubs and ministries across Vientiane are battling it out in the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union’s Secretary’s Cup tournament.
STORY: The union held an opening ceremony for the mixed doubles event on Wednesday at their indoor stadium in Vientiane, attended by Union Secretary General, Dr Vilayvong Boutdhakham, senior officials and key sponsors.
Those in the top three places at the end of the tournament can look forward to cash prizes and trophies.
Youth Union Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Sonethanou Thammavong, said the group wanted to encourage young people to play sport for friendship, good health and to promote an anti-drug message.
Last week, the union held a similar national-level petanque event in Vientiane.
The events offer a chance to develop younger players into national or regional level athletes, and are an opportunity to prepare for the 10th National Games in Oudomxay province next year.
Each year, the youth union holds a number of sporting events for young people in Vientiane.