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Myanmar win first two SEA Games golds

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Myanmar Men Chinlone Team seen after receiving gold medals on the first day of the Sea Games (Photo - Soe Nyunt/EMG)



Hosts Myanmar made a clean sweep of the first two gold medals on offer in the 27th SEA Games after thrashing Thailand in the showdown of the Chinlone Men's and Women's Linking (Event 3) on Wednesday.

Just six days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 27th edition in Nay Pyi Taw, the host nation on Wednesday fared well in Chinlone, traditional sport in Myanmar played more than 1,500 years ago, to get the biennial sports extravaganza off to a brilliant start.

Chinlone features a team of six players passing the ball back and forth with their feet, knees and heads as they walk around a circle. One player goes into the center to solo, creating a dance of various moves strung together. The soloist is supported by the other players who try to pass the ball back with one kick. When the ball drops to the ground it is dead, and the play starts again.

Hosts Myanmar were so confident of winning the first gold of the SEA Games that they decided to bring their traditional sport to be contested on the opening day of the medal hunt.

Myanmar captured the first Games gold following their comfortable victory over Thailand in the final Chinlone Women's Linking clash. In the morning qualifying round, the host side thrashed all challengers with an aggregate 514 points, followed by Thailand (363), Cambodia (157) and Malaysia (128). The top two teams from the qualifying round advanced to the showdown which saw the host nation remain in form to beat Thailand for their first Games gold. Thailand picked up silver, while Cambodia and Malaysia shared bronze medal.

Five teams comprising Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Singapore contested the men’s event. The host team still came up with their excellent form to collect massive 636 points in the morning qualifying round. Thailand still came in second place with 407 points, while Laos (344), Malaysia (246) and Singapore (156) finished third, fourth and fifth places respectively.

In the final showdown, Myanmar made their mark to score combined 660 points, relegating Thailand, which bagged 404 points, to the second position. Laos and Malaysia took the bronze medal.

Winning the gold medal, Myanmar’s players were on cloud nine. They celebrated their victory by carrying their flag around the stadium. For the Thai players, although they had to be content with two silver medals, one thing they could be proud of was that they were not only the first two medals of Thailand in the 27th SEA Games, but a total sum of Bt100,000 (Ks 3 million) cash incentives from the National Sports Development Fund also awaits each Thai athlete returning from the Games with silver medal.
 

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100 athletes to compete in SEA Games Wushu contest

http://elevenmyanmar.com/sports/4330-100-athletes-to-compete-in-sea-games-wushu-contest

Over one hundred athletes will participate in the Wushu Competition for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be hosted in Myanmar in coming weeks.

Wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. 23 gold medals will be awarded in the competition to be held from December 7 to 10.

The Myanmar Wushu team comprises of 13 athletes practicing Taolu routines and five athletes practicing the Sanshou. They will participate in all Wushu competition and they will also take part in a three-month training in China before the SEA Games.

Myanmar not only appointed the Chinese coaches to train the team but also invited ASEAN teams to a pre-SEA Games Wushu competition held in Nay Pyi Taw in last month.

A group of eighteen players have been selected for the Myanmar Wushu team following the competition. The Myanmar Wushu team has won only one gold medal in previous SEA Games.
 

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Thailand wins two gold medals to seize lead in Southeast Asian Games

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THAILAND claimed two gold medals in chinlone to claim the early lead in the overall medal tally even as the Philippines waits to see action in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

The Thai men’s and women’s team swept the The Same Strokes competition, beating Cambodia (258-238) and Laos (202-192).

Thailand, which is expected to figure on top of the overall tally, now has two golds and two silver medals to overtake Myanmar with the formal duration of the Games to start on December 11.

The host country won the first two gold medals of the SEA Games courtesy of the men’s and women’s The Linking.

Laos has a 0-1-2 gold-silver-bronze output so far, followed by Cambodia (0-1-1), and Malaysia (0-0-4).

The Philippines is set to begin its campaign with wushu on Saturday.
 

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Laos and Philippines win their first gold today :)


Day 6 - Wushu Men Sanshou 56kg Results
Laos - Gold
Thailand - Silver
Philippines & Vietnam - Bronze

Day 6 - Wushu Men Sanshou 52kg Results
Philippines - Gold
Thailand - Silver
Cambodia & Indonesia - Bronze

Day 6 - Wushu Men Sanshou 48kg Results
Philippines - Gold
Indonesia - Silver
Myanmar & Vietnam - Bronze

Day 6 - Wushu Women Sanshou 48kg Results
Vietnam - Gold
Philippines - Silver
Indonesia & Malaysia - Bronze

Day 6 - Wushu Women's QUIANGSHU
Malaysia - Gold
Vietnam - Silver
Indonesia - Bronze
 

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Myanmar opens SEA Games with 'coming-out party for the country'

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Naypyidaw (Myanmar) (AFP) - Myanmar officially welcomes thousands of athletes on Wednesday for the Southeast Asian Games, an event billed as a coming-out party for the former pariah nation emerging from decades of international isolation.

The opening ceremony for the regional showpiece is being held in a spotless, purpose-built 30,000-capacity stadium in Naypyidaw, the utilitarian capital built by secretive generals -- far from the bustle of commercial capital Yangon.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, last hosted the games more than four decades ago and the return of the multi-sport event comes as political and economic reforms sweep the impoverished nation following the dissolution of the ruling junta in 2011.

The SEA Games are held every two years, offering regional bragging rights and a chance for athletes from lesser sporting nations to shine in sports ranging from athletics to the obscure cane-ball game chinlone and martial arts vovinam and pencak silat.

Myanmar currently top the medals table after accusations in the run-up that in excluding the likes of tennis and gymnastics, the host nation was guilty of of cherry-picking events to help home athletes.

Thousands of curious local fans have been lured to the games, with many determined to grasp the chance to interact with foreign guests.

"It's so good for us, it's so exciting.... For a long time people didn't see what Myanmar was like and we didn't see what other people were like. It's a chance to change that," said 20-year-old aspiring tour guide Moh Moh Nay Wynn.

Local media, entirely state controlled until recently, have reflected that buzz, but have also been peppered with appeals by officials for their countrymen to respect regional norms after years in the shadows.

A daily SEA Games official newspaper has carried notices from Myanmar's football manager urging his players to refrain from robust tackling while signs across the vast main complex appeal to locals not to spit betel nut -- with limited success.

Most of the 22-day competition has been taking place in Naypyidaw, a sleepy, planned city 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of Yangon, which hosts the early rounds of men's football plus body-building, weightlifting and kempo, a martial art.

And while the purpose-built facilities have won praise, the distance, lack of hotels and poor transport links between venues have left the event shorn of foreign fans.

The overwhelming majority of those who have made the journey are the thousands of athletes and media, but fears over empty seats appear to have eased with busloads of local students taking up free tickets.

"The SEA Games is important for the status of a country," said Thiha Saw, a veteran journalist who has taken advantage of the thaw in press controls to publish a daily private newspaper.

"We haven't held it for 44 years. As hosts the country's reputation grows. That is something Myanmar is seeking," he said.
 

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Myanmar rushes to raise its game for sports extravaganza

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The owl mascots of the 27th SEA Games dominate the skyline in central Yangon (Fiona MacGregor)



YANGON -- For months, visitors and locals in Myanmar's towns and cities have been going about their daily business under the watchful gaze of two small but omnipresent owls that grace hundreds of billboards around the country.

The medallion-adorned, cartoonish birds, known as Shwe Yoe and Ma Moe, are the mascots of the 27th Southeast Asian Games: the first major international sports event to be hosted by Myanmar since the nominally civilian government of President Thein Sein came to power in 2011.

It has been 44 years since Myanmar last hosted the regional games and the owls, considered symbols of good fortune and wisdom in Myanmar, represent the ambitions of a nation in the throes of massive change and development.

The pressure is not only on the country's athletes, but on everyone -- from hotel staff to organizers of the opening ceremony -- to ensure the games show Myanmar in the best possible light -- literally. Power shortages still plague the country, and around 20 massive electricity generators have been brought to the capital, Naypyidaw, to ensure the opening and closing ceremonies will not be plunged into darkness and international disgrace.

Businesses eye gold

Local media reported that ministerial sackings have been threatened if anything goes wrong. But others are eyeing Myanmar's potential as the games begin. As well as the competition among the 11 Southeast Asian nations, investors beyond the region will be vying to cash in on an occasion that marks another milestone in the country's emergence after decades of military rule and diplomatic isolation.

An estimated 10,000 athletes and officials from the 11 competing nations and around 3,000 journalists are expected to attend the 11-day event, which officially opens Monday. With events being broadcast across the region, the potential advertising reach is significant.

At a prominent roundabout near the busy Kabaya Pagoda Road in central Yangon, banners form a colorful promotion of the games and their eclectic mix of sponsors. Neither Japan nor South Korea are eligible to compete, but while Myanmar's key sponsor, Kanbawza Bank, is putting on a good show, it is the big-name brands Panasonic and Samsung that dominate the flag display. Alongside them are pennants depicting Unilever's Omo laundry detergent and a handsome model promoting dandruff-fighting shampoo, suggesting other companies are hoping to benefit from games-inspired demand for post-athletics freshness.

Indeed "clean" is a key theme of the event. Organizers say the games' slogan, "Green, Clean, and Friendship," is intended to reflect the "sincere, transparent, responsible" Union of Myanmar.

While regional and international businesses appear keen to jump at the chance for promotion and closer links through the games, it is not clear that Myanmar businesses, coming from a country with little history of major advertising promotions, are less prepared.

Jeremy Rathjen, a Yangon-based financial and business analyst, said: "Myanmar businesses are not used to having huge marketing budgets. In the past, it has all been organic growth and they haven't had the funding or been able to raise the capital to invest 50% of their budget in advertising."

Myanmar Beer, however, one of the biggest local sponsors of the games, is leveraging its affiliation with gusto. In Myanmar's popular tea shops, the company's familiar green advertising boards now display the event's official logo.

Whether that will persuade many more customers to choose Myanmar Beer given its already near-total domination of the local market seems unlikely, but tea-shop owners hope the games will draw in more customers when they show the events on television.

Local advantage

The games themselves involve 33 sports, from globally recognized ones to the somewhat more controversial "chinlone," a traditional Myanmar game played with a wicker ball. As host nation, the country was allowed to add homegrown games to the list of events, and while some competing countries have vaguely similar sports, such as Thailand's "takraw," the inclusion of a local specialty virtually guarantees Myanmar some medals.

But it is in soccer where national pride really lies. As Deputy Sports Minister Thaung Htike told local reporters, winning the soccer final on Dec. 21 before an expected capacity crowd of 30,000 at the new Zayar Thiri Stadium in Naypyidaw is what really matters.

"The football gold medal is very important," he said. "If we have no gold medals in other sports ... but the men get gold in football, the whole nation will be happy."

Despite the country's clear passion for soccer, there is little sign that small and midsize local business are gripped by any kind of "games fever." Unlike last year's London Olympics, where every small merchant, from florists to bakers, seemed to be creating goods with a sporting theme, only a few lone stalls around Yangon are offering merchandise related to the event. SEA Games hats or glow sticks can be found, but it will take some dedicated hunting.

If the actual sports have failed to arouse the interest of Myanmar's population, enthusiasm for the occasion itself is high. Hundreds of students across the country have spent months preparing performances for the opening ceremony and other events.

Raising their game

In terms of infrastructure -- one of Myanmar's most daunting challenges -- Myanmar companies have been working hard to boost business during the games. In a country where less than 5% of the population has internet access, and service is notoriously unreliable, state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications has installed forth-generation mobile internet access in Yangon, Naypyidaw, Mandalay and at Ngwe Saung Beach, host to yachting events, although Wi-Fi will only be available to VIPs and media, according to local reports.

Banks have also stepped up their game. Just six months ago, virtually no ATMs in Myanmar accepted foreign cards. That has changed rapidly in the main cities, where they are now abundant. But news that most domestic banks, including Kanbawza Bank and Co-operative Bank, will be providing mobile banking services during the games, with mobile units operating currency exchange counters and ATMs allowing access to international accounts, represents a significant -- and welcome -- development in financial customer services.

The hospitality sector has also been a focus of games-inspired development, with numerous hotels built for the event -- including five so-called "world class" hotels that opened in Naypyidaw in November. Whether the current intense demand for rooms in the remote capital will outlive the games remains to be seen. Sports Ministry Director Htay Aung announced on Nov. 29 that the country was "100% ready" for the event to begin. With so much to play for, the country's businesspeople, as much as its athletes, will be hoping he is right.
 

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Day 7 - Wrestling Women's Free Style -59kg
Gold - Vietnam
Silver - Thailand
Bronze - Indonesia

Day 5 - Wrestling Women's Free Style -63kg
Gold - Cambodia
Silver - Laos
Bronze - Myanmar

Day 7 - Wrestling Women's Free Style -55kg
Gold - Vietnam
Silver - Thailand
Bronze - Myanmar

Day 7 - Wrestling Women's Free Style -63kg
Gold - Cambodia
Silver - Lao
Bronze - Myanmar

Day 7 - Sepaktakraw Men's Hooptakraw
Gold - Thailand
Silver - Myanmar
Bronze - Brunei & Singapore

Women Football, Myanmar Vs Philippines (Full Time)
Myanmar 2:0 Philippines

Day - 7 Basketball Men Team Match 12
Thailand 75 - 59 Indonesia

Men Football, Brunei Vs Malaysia (Full Time)
Malaysia 2:0 Brunei

Day 7 - Sepaktakraw Women's Hooptakraw
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Laos
Bronze - Cambodia

Day 7 - Futsal Women's Team Group A Match 1
Thailand 4 : 0 Indonesia

Day 7 - Basketball Men's Team Match 11
Singapore 71 : 67 Malaysia

Day 7 - Canoeing Men's C2 1000m
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Indonesia
Bronze - Vietnam

Day 7 - Basketball Men's Team Match 10
Philippines beats Cambodia.
Philippines 107 : 57 Cambodia

Day 7 - Waterpolo Men's Team Match 10
Singapore beats Myanmar.
Singapore 21 : 13 Myanmar

Day 7 - Wushu Women's TAIJIQUAN + TAIJIJIAN
Gold - Indonesia
Silver - Malaysia
Bronze - Myanmar

Day 7 - Waterpolo Men's Match 8
Indonesia beats Thailand
Indonesia 12 : 7 Thailand

Day 7 - Wushu Men's NANGUN
Gold - Vietnam
Silver - Myanmar
Bronze - Malaysia

Day 7 - Wushu Women's DUILIAN(1)
Gold - Brunei
Silver - Singapore
Bronze - Philippines

Day 7 - Wrestling Men's Greco -120kg
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Cambodia
Bronze - Laos

Day 7 - Wrestling Men's Greco -60kg
Gold - Thailand
Silver - Myanmar
Bronze - Laos & Vietnam

Day 7 - Wrestling Men's Greco -55kg
Gold - Vietnam
Silver - Philippines
Bronze - Indonesia

Day 7 - Wrestling Men's Greco -66kg
Gold - Vietnam
Silver - Indonesia
Bronze - Myanmar

Day 7 - Wrestling Women's Free Style -67kg
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Cambodia
Bronze - Laos

Day 7 - Canoeing Men's MK 4 1000m
Gold - Thailand
Silver - Indonesia
Bronze - Myanmar

Day 7 - Wushu Men's NANGUN
Vietnam - Gold
Myanmar - Silver
Malaysia - Bronze

Day 7 - Canoeing Men's C1 1000m
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Indonesia
Thailand - Philippines

Day 7 - Canoeing Women's WK 4 1000m
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Vietnam
Thailand - Bronze
 

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Myanmar prepares for SEA Games opening

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/9014-myanmar-prepares-for-sea-games-opening.html

Myanmar is set to officially welcome thousands of athletes for the Southeast Asian Games, in a ceremony to be held in the purpose-built stadium in Nay Pyi Taw.

The opening ceremony for the regional showpiece is being held in a spotless, purpose-built 30,000-capacity stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, the utilitarian capital built by the former military regime -- hours from the commercial capital of Yangon.

Myanmar last hosted the games more than four decades ago and the return of the multi-sport event comes as political and economic reforms sweep the nation following the dissolution of the ruling junta in 2011.

The SEA Games are held every two years, offering regional bragging rights and a chance for athletes from lesser sporting nations to shine in sports ranging from athletics to the obscure cane-ball game chinlone and martial arts vovinam and pencak silat.

Myanmar currently top the medals table after accusations in the run-up that in excluding the likes of tennis and gymnastics, the host nation was guilty of of cherry-picking events to help home athletes.

Thousands of curious local fans have been lured to the games, with many determined to grasp the chance to interact with foreign guests.

"It's so good for us, it's so exciting.... For a long time people didn't see what Myanmar was like and we didn't see what other people were like. It's a chance to change that," said 20-year-old aspiring tour guide Moh Moh Nay Wynn.

Local media, entirely state controlled until recently, have reflected that buzz, but have also been peppered with appeals by officials for their countrymen to respect regional norms after years in the shadows.

A daily SEA Games official newspaper has carried notices from Myanmar's football manager urging his players to refrain from robust tackling while signs across the vast main complex appeal to locals not to spit betel nut -- with limited success.

Most of the 22-day competition has been taking place in Nay Pyi Taw, a sleepy, planned city 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of Yangon, which hosts the early rounds of men's football plus body-building, weightlifting and kempo, a martial art.

And while the purpose-built facilities have won praise, the distance, lack of hotels and poor transport links between venues have left the event shorn of foreign fans.

The overwhelming majority of those who have made the journey are the thousands of athletes and media, but fears over empty seats appear to have eased with busloads of local students taking up free tickets.

"The SEA Games is important for the status of a country," said Thiha Saw, a veteran journalist who has taken advantage of the thaw in press controls to publish a daily private newspaper.

"We haven't held it for 44 years. As hosts the country's reputation grows. That is something Myanmar is seeking," he said.
 

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Myanmar set for SEA Games opening ceremony

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Myanmar is ready for the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw, says Deputy Information Minister U Ye Htut.

China, which capped its own international re-emergence with the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has offered nearly $33 million in technical assistance including for the opening and closing ceremonies, presidential spokesman Ye Htut told AFP.

"China has helped a lot," he said of the ceremony to be held later Wednesday in the 30,000 capacity purpose-built Wunna Theikdi stadium in the capital Naypyidaw.

China provided lighting, the sound system and technical advice for the ceremony, which organisers say will feature thousands of local performers backed by a dazzling light show.

"The Chinese also trained 200 of our athletes on their soil and they have sent two dozen sports coaches to help us improve our level," at the regional showpiece event, added Ye Htut.

China is keen to secure its economic and political interests in impoverished Myanmar, which sits at a crossroads between the world's second biggest economy and regional rival India.

The United States has also courted Myanmar since it began political reforms in 2011. It also is eyeing the potential of a new market of 60 million people and a country flush with natural resources.

Myanmar is hosting the games for the first time in more than four decades, marking both a return to international sport and another landmark in its gradual emergence from rule by a hardline military junta.

"For 44 years we have not had the SEA Games," said Onh Myint Oo, a former army officer who is now deputy director-general of the sports ministry.

"Now we are open for business. It's the right time to have the games."

The opening ceremony will be watched by a full house, but ordinary fans have struggled to get tickets with large blocks alloted to media, dignitaries and various ministries in Naypyidaw.

Competition has already finished in several minor events, including local cane-ball game chinlone, which was played in front of enthusiastic crowds of local fans.

Myanmar took six golds in that event, propelling it to the top of the medals table with 18 golds.

But the bulk of the disciplines including track and field begin on Thursday and run until the closing ceremony on December 22.
 
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