Last year, a Lao rugby team, called the Lao Nagas, traveled to Hong Kong for the first time to compete in the Kowloon 10s tournament and watch the world’s most elite 7s tournament. The team invited a videographer from Lao New Wave Cinema to join and make a documentary of the event, which has been well-received in both Laos and Hong Kong, and was featured at this year’s Vientianale film festival.
Thanks to the success of last year’s tournament, the team is on their way to Hong Kong for the second time this week, and I invite you to cheer them on by watching the full length documentary, or the 5 minute trailer version on YouTube below, which I edited from the original film last month.
Let’s go Laos, Lao sou sou!
It’s that time again. People who never watch sports (myself included) have been tuning in to see athletes from around the world jumping, lifting, swimming, running, diving, hitting…and so on. The Olympics are always a bit of a geography lesson when athletes from less well-known nations appear (where is Sao Tome & Principe again?), and this year Laos made a small mark on the Olympic world map with three athletes.
This is Laos’ 7th time in the Olympics (they have never–yet–won a medal) and three very young athletes in men’s swimming, and men’s and women’s track traveled to London from Vientiane. All entered as wildcard participants. Now that the games have wrapped up yet again, it’s time for everyone to start training for 2016, and hoping that there will be even more Lao athletes next time around!