Man­dalay wins na­tional cham­pi­onship

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - Trans­la­tion by Khine Thazin Han THAN NAING SOE thannaing­soe@mm­times.com

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. –

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