Malaysian weightlifters have complained about their meagre lunch of white rice and half a boiled egg at the SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos. "How can we pump iron by eating only this," they lamented. Athletes at the venue were unable to return to the Games Village for lunch and had to settle for a simple meal provided by the Malaysian Weightlifting Association.
Halal cafes cash in
Halal restaurant owners in Vientiane are seeing an increase in profits because of the participation of Muslim athletes and officials from several Asian countries in the Games.
Khamdeng, a restaurant employee established by a Muslim Indian in 1990, said he had received twice as many visitors as usual. "Every day we have up to 150 diners, but during the Games we have had up to 400," Khamdeng said on Saturday.
Indonesian family takes aim
The Indonesian shooting team at the 25th SEA Games boasts three siblings: Rachma Saraswati, and her brothers Rahmat Wisnu Aji and Agus Anindito. "They share my interest in shooting," Kuncung Sudiono, an Indonesian shooting coach and father of three, told Antara on Saturday. He said the Games were the first for his children and he hoped they would gain experience for the next Games hosted by Indonesia.
Sudiono said Rahmat and Agus had participated in the sport for a long time and had represented South Sumatra since the 2004 National Games in Palembang. Saraswati represented South Sumatra in the 2007 National Games.
"It s a new experience for her, but she is good," he said, citing the silver medal Saraswati, Erlinawati and Maharani Ardi won for the 50mrifle prone women s team. Erlinawati won the individual prone 50m rifle contest.
Indonesian journalist dies
Lukmanul Hakim died on Friday while reporting for Republika Daily during the Southeast Asian Games taking place in Laos. Lukman, 40, was found collapsed on top of his papers when writing for his paper at an internet kiosk about 5 pm local time. His body was rushed to Mittaphap hospital where he died on arrival. Born in Semarang in Central Java, Lukman had complained about heart problems before leaving for Laos.
Thai journalists look for work
Many Thai journalists who cover football are struggling to find something to do in Vientiane after Thailand were sent packing. Many of them are focusing on women s football or covering other sports such as diving and petanque. Thailand s national Under-23 team was unexpectedly ousted from the group stage after their 1-2 defeat by Malaysia last Friday. Agencies/VNS