Laos is the first country to qualify for the Asian Games since Hulk Foundation Chairman Lee Man-soo stepped down as head coach of SK Baseball.
“Laos is finally starting the qualifying rounds,” Lee told MHN Sports, unable to hide his childlike excitement. Just two weeks ago, Laos was worried about winning the first game due to the cost, so Lee has high expectations.
First of all, the first opponent that Laos will meet on the 26th is Thailand. Thailand is a country that started playing baseball before Laos in Southeast Asia, so it is not an opponent to be taken lightly. They also hosted baseball at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, making them a tough opponent for Laos.
On the 27th, they will face Singapore. Singapore is also a tough opponent. In the meantime, however, Korean coaches have created multiple teams across the country, and Laos has improved its skills. It’s worth the effort.스포츠토토
If Laos wins one game in this round, they will be placed in Group A with China, Japan, and the Philippines, and if they win all three, they will be placed in Group B with South Korea, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei. Lee is listed as Head of Staff by the Asian Games Organizing Committee.
Earlier, when he heard that the Laos national team was worried about winning a game due to cost, he said, “I will send the players to China even if I have to sell my pants,” and when the NC Dinos heard about it, they sponsored 60 million won worth of baseball equipment. He also made a pledge that if Laos wins just one game, he will run around the Presidential Palace in Vientiane wearing only his underwear, as he did when he was the head coach of SK.