Laos Opens First Baseball Stadium

Baseball appears to be spreading in Asia. Laos started playing baseball in 2012. The first field for practice was a car park in Vientiane. Soon they will have their own stadium (Sapphavisa) and they will begin playing a league there from November 16 to January 11. The stadium will not officially open until December so it is unclear where they will be playing games before that. Car parks?

The league is supported by South Korea’s Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Je Sung-uk, who introduced baseball to Laos in 2012 and Lee Man-soo have been instrumental in getting the league started. Lee was a catcher in the KBO, the Korean professional league.

The Laos Baseball Federation was founded in 2018. Khamphay Sisavanh is their current president. Lee is the Vice President. You can read more at the WBSC website (wbsc.org.)

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