Lao Junior Badminton Players Shine at ASEAN Championship

The Lao national junior badminton team at Badminton Asia (Southeast Asia) Regional Junior Championships in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 30 October to 3 November. (Photo: Badminton Lao Federation)

The Lao national junior badminton team has garnered remarkable results at this year’s Badminton Asia (Southeast Asia) Regional Junior Championships in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. From 30 October to 3 November, the team secured a total of three medals, including one silver and two bronze.

A standout moment unfolded in the men’s doubles category, where Natthiou Phongsak and Souphaxay Simmavong clinched the silver medal in a final against Myanmar in the Under-15 division.

Adding to the team’s achievements, Anousine (Atee) Mnivanh earned a well-deserved bronze in the Under-17 singles category. 

Atee and Xana (Alock) Sirisak claimed another third-place finish in the Under-17 doubles category, according to the Badminton Lao Federation.

“I am very proud that I could achieve it; even though it is just a bronze medal, it is a medal for the history of the country,” Alock said. “I have been playing badminton [for] over 3 years, and I will keep practicing to get better for an opportunity to play for the national team again in the future.”

(Photo: Atee)

This was the first time playing at the international level for both Alock and Atee. 

“I have played many tournaments in Laos, but this was my first time playing outside of the country, and I am proud of it,” said Atee. “I don’t have a long-term plan for the future yet, but I am now preparing for the Lao Championship.”

The team’s success is a testament to their dedication, hard work, and the unwavering support they have received from their friends, family, and the Lao National Badminton Federation.