After hearing the news about Anthony Sakounthong, I was angry but not surprise by the politic in Laos. A year or two ago, Lao government made an announcement to invite all laotian athletics for a chance to try out and participate in up coming SEA Games. Laos will be hosting SEA Games for the very first time in December of 2009.
In the interview, it was confirmed that soccer players from Canada, USA, Germany and Japan went back to Laos for a tryout. The two brothers from Germany and Anthony made the team. Anthony spend the past 10 months training in Laos for up coming SEA games. He gave up 10 months of college for a chance to play in SEA games for his motherland. Then comes to find out, he will not be able to participate due to his American citizenship. They made an effort to gave him dual citizens in order for him to play for Laos. After all the troubles, Laos told him he is cut from the team even though they all knows the kid have lots of talent. I can only feels the disappointment by him and his families are going through.
What’s the point of inviting all these athletics back to Laos for a tryout and never give the chance at all?
Here are 2 parts interview videos.