I recently visited a friend who spent a week in Laos during the SEA Games to help as a sports coach. They had previously worked in Laos for a year in this role, and it was quite inspiring to see their commitment in returning to continue to help the national team. Rather amusingly, some of their athletes had changed sport since they were last in the country.

International athletes got to stay in specially built accommodation, but the local Lao athletes from the provinces had a much more basic stay. I was told it was a case of 5 girls and one bed for some.

I really hope the country doesn’t have the post host city economic downturn that has afflicted so many Olympic countries. I find it hard to see how much of the sporting facilities built will ever be fully utilised again.