Mandalay wins national championship
IN a tune-up for the country’s upcoming appearance in the 5th Asian Beach Games, Myanmar held its first-ever regional and state vovinam competition last month in Nay Pyi Taw’s Wunna Theikdi Stadium.
Mandalay Region took the top honours, winning four gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals.
“We competed by choosing the best players from Mandalay Region. We succeeded beyond our expectations,” said Moe Zaw, a member of the martial arts subcommittee that helped select competitors.
Vovinam is Vietnam’s traditional martial art, not unlike Myanmar’s bando. The Golden Land managed to win six gold medals in the event during the 27th SEA Games in 2013, and July’s championships showed momentum heading into September’s test in Danang, Vietnam.
Over 80 players represented eight states and regions over the week-long showcase, which concluded on July 29. Only Kayin, Kayah and Chin states were unrepresented on the states side, with Ayeyarwady, Sagaing and Magwe regions missing out from the heartland.
Soe Win, the coach of the winning Mandalay side, said they shared the women’s championship with neighbouring Shan State.
The best male player award went to Min Khant Zarni Lwin from Bago Region. The best female player award went to Naw Chit Samee from Tanintharyi Region. –