WUSHU Myan­mar girls score gold in Tai­wan

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­inhlaing@mm­times.com SPORT ED­I­TOR: | rj.vogt@mm­times.com

THOUGH it has been a long time com­ing, Myan­mar fi­nally brought home gold. Aye Thit­sar Myint will bring home the medal from the 9th Asian Wushu Cham­pi­onships, held from Septem­ber 1 to 5 in Taipei, Tai­wan.

The sport, a Chi­nese mar­tial art that com­bines per­for­ma­tive and com­bat styles, has been ac­tive in Myan­mar since the 2000s. And though the coun­try has per­formed well in the SEA Games wushu com­pe­ti­tions – win­ning three gold medals in 2015 – Myan­mar has never man­aged to place in the China com­pe­ti­tions.

This year was dif­fer­ent. Aye Thit­sar Myint – who won her gold in the fe­male nan dao cat­e­gory – also won a sil­ver in the fe­male dual per­for­mance event with coun­try­woman Myat Thet Su Wai Phyo. Aye Thit­sar Myint won a bronze medal in the fe­male nan chun event as well, mak­ing her a triple medal­list in this year’s cham­pi­onships. “I will bring gold, sil­ver and bronze from this Asian com­pe­ti­tion,” she wrote in a post on Face­book. “I want to say thanks to my train­ers, the Wushu Fed­er­a­tion and my team­mate as well.” She added that she’ll be ready for the up­com­ing SEA Games in Malaysia, to be played in Au­gust 2017. Aye Thit­sar Myint is not alone – she was joined on the trip to Taipei with her dou­bles part­ner Myat Thet Su Wai Phyo as well as Nyein Chan Ko Ko and Sandy Oo. To­gether, the four com­peti­tors fought in nine events, and though two emerged with medals, two more fin­ished with noth­ing to show for their fights.

Sandy Oo, a wushu star, sur­prised her fans by fail­ing to place in any of her events. She at­trib­uted her poor per­for­mance to ill­ness, and said the cough medicine she usu­ally would have used was banned.

“I did my best in this com­pe­ti­tion but my health was com­pro­mised about two weeks ahead of the tour­na­ment,” she said in an in­ter­view with The Myan­mar Times. “I kept cough­ing through­out the tour­na­ment, and I couldn’t use my cough medicine be­cause it has in­gre­di­ents in­cluded on anti-dop­ing lists.”

She added that she’ll be in bet­ter form for next year’s SEA Games. So should ev­ery­one, after train­ing with the other na­tional wushu ath­letes in Nay Pyi Taw’s gold camp – with an im­ported Chi­nese coach.

They may im­prove upon their last show­ing, when they fin­ished fourth with three golds, three sil­vers and one bronze.

Sandy Oo, Myan­mar’s most fa­mous wushu star, flies through the air dur­ing her events in Taipei at the 9th Asian Wushu Cham­pi­onships, which wrapped up this past week­end.

Pho­tos: Sup­plied

Aye Thit­sar Myint (cen­tre) won gold, as well as a sil­ver and a bronze.

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