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Myanmar’s women added yet another gold medal to their tally in Chinlone, winning the non-repetition secondary level with a 157-101 besting of Thailand on Monday.

Laos and Cambodia won the bronzes yesterday.

The men’s team equaled the feat, taking gold with a 196-121 win over Thailand, who were again left with silver.

Laos and Cambodia sealed bronzes Sunday.

In wrestling, May Thazin Phoo (MYA) won gold over Chea Sreymeas (CAM), silver, and Phnith Soumaly (LAO) took the bronze in women’s 67kg freestyle at NIS (1) in Yangon.

In men’s 120 kg Greco-Roman, Myint Zin (MYA) beat Dorn Sov (CAM) for gold and Thongkhamerng Phouxay (LAO) got the bronze.

In 66kg Greco-Roman Vietnam’s Tran Van Tuong took gold over Rustang (INA). Htun Aung (MYA) got bronze.

At 60kg Pravan Ritisak (THA) won gold beating Wunna Hun (MYA). Thammavongsa Satthaphone (LAO) and Pham Sy Thu (VIE) took the bronzes.

At 55kg gold went to Doi Dang Tian (VIE), silver to Angana Margarito Jr (PHI) and bronze to Supamanto (INA).

In Wushu, Wai Phyo Aung took gold in men’s nandao, Mun Hua Ho (MAS) got silver and Quoc Khanh Pham (VIE) grabbed bronze.

In daoshu, Indonesia’s Achmad Hulaefi won the gold, Manh Quyen Nyugen (VIE) the silver and Say Yoke Ng (MAS) the bronze.

In women’s quiangshu, Eyin Phoon (MAS) got gold, Thuy Vi Duong (VIE) silver and Thalia Lovita Sosrodjojo (INA) took the bronze.

Juwita Niza Wasni Wasni (INA) won gold in the nangun, compatriot Ivana Ardella Irmanto (INA) got silver and Diana Bong Siong Lin (MAS) took bronze.

Singapore took another step toward defending its SEA Games water polo title with an 8-5 win over top rival Indonesia at Zeyarthiri Swimming Pool on Monday.

Singapore held a single-point lead through three quarters before holding Indonesia to single goal in the fourth quarter and scoring three themselves.

The win puts Singapore atop the table after three matches and virtually guaranteed the gold medal. Their opponent Tuesday is Myanmar, who are yet to win a match.

In the day’s second match Malaysia beat Myanmar 28-11 in the highest scoring affair so far.

Malaysia popped for 10 goals in the first quarter while holding Myanmar to just two, but Malaysia managed only four goals to Myanmar’s three in the second before a third-quarter burst of nine markers to Myanmar’s two. The match wrapped with Malaysia scoring five goals in the fourth, Myanmar nearly matching the performance with four goals.

In women’s basketball Philippines won over Malaysia 65-59 in a see-saw match that had Philippines winning the first quarter 19-6, losing the second 17-9, winning the third 19-15 and hanging on for the win even though Malaysia won the fourth quarter 21-18.

In men’s action, Malaysia ran over Cambodia 73-58 despite trailing 11-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Malaysian win was essentially sealed with a 28-17 run in the second quarter and they finished the games with 17-13 and 21-17 final quarters.

In the next game, Singapore held Philippines close during the first half, but were outscored 31-25 in the third quarter and 24-17 in the fourth, going down 88-75 at fulltime.

In the day’s last match, Indonesia romped past Myanmar 83-40.

In men’s futsal in Group A round-robin play Thailand stretched a9-2 halftime lead to 12-3 in the second for a decisive win over Laos.

In men’s football in Yangon, Indonesia managed a single second-half goal, but it was enough to edge past Cambodia 1-0 in the day’s early game.

In the later tilt, Myanmar came out a 3-1 winner over Timor-Leste, but the game was much closer than the score-line might suggest.

Tied at 1 after a riveting first half, a foolish Timor-Leste penalty in the second half put Myanmar up 2-1 and knocked Timor-Leste on its heels. Myanmar quickly sealed the match with a third goal.
 

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SEA Games: After 44 years, Games return to Myanmar in dazzling opening ceremony

http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big...ears-games-return-myanmar-dazzling-opening-ce

THE SEA Games returned to Myanmar on Wednesday after a 44-year wait, as Naypyidaw celebrated with an Opening Ceremony filled with impressive visual effects and joyous emotions.

More than 6,000 athletes and officials strode into the spanking-new Wunna Theikdi Stadium with huge smiles, parading in front of Myanmar president Thein Sein.

Myanmar's vice-premier Nyan Tun declared the Games open, the first it has hosted a sports event of such scale since 1969, when the Games was still known as the South-east Asian Peninsular Games.

And when the host nation's archer Maung Wai Lin Tun, receiving the beacon from the last torch relay runner, lit the Games cauldron by shooting an arrow into it, the entire stadium erupted as it kick-started the 12-day sports extravaganza.
 

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The 27th SEA Games to open in Myanmar

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sports/2013-12/11/c_132960190.htm

NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The official opening ceremony of 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will begin at 6 p.m. (local time) in Nay Pyi Taw's 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Wednesday.

The torch lit at Yangon's Thuwunna Indoor Stadium is on the way to Nay Pyi Taw, 320 kilometers north of Yangon.

Legendary SEA Games medalists from decades ago to the present day will carry the torch in relays from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw by motor vehicles.

The three-hour opening ceremony will be highlighted by a performance involving 9,000 people.

Fixed to the east of Wunna Theikdi Stadium are five big LED boards and the projector matting will effect beautiful springs and flower beds on the pitch and on the whole stadium.

The artists from the Art University and middle-and-high-school girls all over Myanmar will do count-down with Myanmar traditional dances while the pillars of Pagan dynasty that will appear on the pitch will make up a classical taste.

"We will see the grandeur that we have never seen in Myanmar," said Zinyaw Maung Maung, the academy-winning director who is the organizer of the project.

Instead of using customary power supply, generators will be used to provide electricity for the ceremony in case of power shortage that tends to happen in Myanmar.

Myanmar SEA Games will feature over 9,000 athletes from 11 SEAN countries and regions competing in 33 sports.

The games will take place from Dec. 4-22 in four places - Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung beach.

Myanmar last hosted the SEA Games in 1969, which saw the hosts top the total medal tally with 57 gold medals.
 

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Kudos to Myanmar for impressive stadiums

http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Say-What/2013/12/12/Kudos-to-Myanmar-on-impressive-stadiums.aspx

The Wunna Theikdi Football Stadium in Naypyitaw. Despite being one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia, Myanmar has managed to build sports complexes that look better than those found in their richer SEA neighbours.



MYANMAR is hosting the 27th edition of the SEA Games after a lapse of 44 years with the slogan “Green, Clean and Friendship”.

The Games are being held in two cities – Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, and Naypyitaw, the new government administration centre.

Naypyitaw, which is 391km north of Yangon, is surrounded by greenery and the people here are really friendly.

The only problem with Naypyitaw is that it’s not very clean as the people here love to chew betel leaf (sireh) and spit along the five-foot ways and on the roads.

It is not hygienic at all!

Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia as most of the people live in poor conditions.

Most houses in Naypyitaw are made of bamboos and are small. The men’s daily attire here is a shirt and sarong. They don’t even wear shoes as most of them like to wear Japanese slippers.

Despite the poverty in Naypyitaw, what really impresses me are the two new sports complexes – Wunna Theikdi and Zeyar Thiri.

These sports complexes are well designed, beautiful and big.

The two sports complexes look like two peas in a pod. They are located about 35km apart and provide a surreal experience for athletes and spectators alike.

They were designed by a Chinese architectural firm and built by the Myanmar Construction Company.

There are seven stadiums around the Wunna Theikdi sports complex and they are for athletics, swimming, badminton, boxing, futsal, snooker and billiards and archery – and they are all within walking distance.

The Wunna Theikdi main stadium, where the opening ceremony was held yesterday, is well equipped with facilities like individual seatings, big changing rooms, medical room, utility rooms, warm-up area and a comfortable working area for the media.

The main stadium has a 30,000-seating capacity while the indoor stadium can accommodate up to 5,000 spectators.

Athletes and officials from the 10 other countries are clearly impressed with the design of the stadiums.

The layout of the Zeyar Thiri sports complex is even better than the sports complex in Bukit Jalil, which was built in 1998 for Commonwealth Games.

The Zeyar Thiri sports complex is five times bigger than Bukit Jalil’s.

Malaysian chef-de-mission Datuk Wira Amiruddin Embi was very impressed with the stadiums in Naypyitaw.

“The layout of the stadiums in Wunna Theikdi is good. The stadiums have the latest and best facilities and this should drive the athletes to do well at the Games,” said Amiruddin.

The locals in Naypyitaw are allowed to watch the Games for free at all venues, thus giving them the chance to marvel at the beautifully-designed stadiums.

Syabas to Myanmar for building such wonderful stadiums. This just goes to show that they could, one day, even host the Asian Games.

For now, I just hope that the Myanmar Government will be able to maintain the stadiums and not let them become white elephants – something Malaysians should know very well by now.
 

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SEA Games: After 44 years, Games return to Myanmar in dazzling opening ceremony

http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big...ears-games-return-myanmar-dazzling-opening-ce

THE SEA Games returned to Myanmar on Wednesday after a 44-year wait, as Naypyidaw celebrated with an Opening Ceremony filled with impressive visual effects and joyous emotions.

More than 6,000 athletes and officials strode into the spanking-new Wunna Theikdi Stadium with huge smiles, parading in front of Myanmar president Thein Sein.

Myanmar's vice-premier Nyan Tun declared the Games open, the first it has hosted a sports event of such scale since 1969, when the Games was still known as the South-east Asian Peninsular Games.

And when the host nation's archer Maung Wai Lin Tun, receiving the beacon from the last torch relay runner, lit the Games cauldron by shooting an arrow into it, the entire stadium erupted as it kick-started the 12-day sports extravaganza.
 

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