Myanmar is not known for its swimming prowess – in fact, most Myanmar people in urban areas don’t learn to swim, and the country’s swimming federation is defunct – but that hasn’t stopped 14-year-old Thint Myat from diving in headfirst.
This past weekend’s dream match-up was deferred when rain broke up a battle of the heavyweights between Yangon United and Zeyar Shwe Myay in only the 13th minute at YUSC, giving the Lions some much-appreciated extra rest ahead of their second General Aung San Shield semifinal clash tomorrow against Yadanarbon.
The 2016 Myanmar National League season is down to its third-to-last week, and while the season winners – Yadanarbon – are already crowned, for the unlucky bunch at the bottom of the table the battle to avoid relegation is just heating up.
A single, rubber flip-flop; a banana peel; a handful of stadium chairs – all this and more littered the edge of the pitch in Mandalay’s Mandalar Thiri Stadium on July 4. The debris came raining down during the Myanmar vs Vietnam semifinal of this year’s AFF Women’s Championship.
Standing stock-still, right arm outstretched, eyes unblinking, Myanmar’s only Olympic qualifier squeezes the trigger and sends a pellet slamming into a paper target – a skill honed during military service in the formerly junta-run nation.
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