The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

AMAGWE vil­lage has found an un­con­ven­tional out­let for their Mar­tyrs’ Day zeal this year – the foot­ball pitch. Pan­dan vil­lage, in Ngape town­ship, is host­ing a friendly foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion to fi­nance a new Bo­gyoke Aung San statue for the town­ship.

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair and Padan vil­lage ad­min­is­tra­tor U Kyaw Shwe said the vil­lage was hop­ing to col­lect as much as K13 mil­lion to fund the con­struc­tion of a bronze statue of the in­de­pen­dence leader.

The com­mit­tee has charged each team a K40,000 en­trance fee, which will also go to­ward fund­ing prizes for the win­ners. The com­pe­ti­tion kicked off on July 19, which marked the 69th an­niver­sary of Mar­tyrs’ Day, when eight in­de­pen­dence lead­ers, in­clud­ing Bo­gyoke Aung San, were as­sas­si­nated in the Sec­re­tar­iat com­plex in Yangon.

“Foot­ball games are suit­able for the mon­soon sea­son, so we de­cided to hold a foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion as a fundrais­ing event for Bo­gyoke’s statue,” said or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee sec­re­tary U Hla Myo Naing.

“How­ever much money we raise, we’ll take it,” U Hla Myo Naing added. The com­mit­tee is also plan­ning on sell­ing com­mem­o­ra­tive Bo­gyoke Aung San T-shirts to sup­ple­ment fundrais­ing ef­forts.

The com­pe­ti­tion will fea­ture 31 teams and com­prise about 69 matches over four months of play.

“This match is dif­fer­ent from pre­vi­ous com­pe­ti­tions. Both play­ers and spec­ta­tors have shown greater dis­ci­pline,” said res­i­dent Salai Soe Moe Aung. He also ex­pressed the hope that the good be­hav­iour – per­haps mo­ti­vated by the com­pe­ti­tion’s no­ble pur­pose – will per­me­ate fu­ture matches.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

Photo: Nay Aung

Res­i­dents of Magwe Re­gion’s Ngape town­ship will get to put their na­tional pride on the pitch this month to help raise money for a statue of Bo­gyoke Aung San.

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