Figure "13" is an unlucky number for superstition-believers but for Laos this number could be the turning point in the 20th SEA Games in Bandar Seri Begawan.
Laos has an embarrassing record in the SEA Games - the only nation that had not won a gold medal since the start of the Games in 1959.
In this 13th SEA Games appearance, they are determined to break the jinx by romping home at least a gold medal.
Laos, the smallest contingent with only 74 athletes and officials among the 10 participating countries, are confident of erasing past memories to clinch the elusive gold medal.
Laos chef-de-mission Somphou Phongsa said they would be contented …