Sports competitions scheduled for November in Xiengkhouang province in northeastern Laos have been postponed amid concerns over possible corruption in the awarding of contracts for construction in preparation for the event, Lao sources say.
The games, set to be held over a two-week period and drawing participants from around the country, have now been suspended until November 2019 by order of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisolith, an official of the central government’s state inspections authority told RFA’s Laos Service this week.
“The reason is that there have been problems with transparency in building the infrastructure needed to accommodate the games,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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