Myanmar is hosting the 19th ASEAN University Games in December 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw, the Education Ministry announced on Monday.
Its deputy minister U Win Maw Tun made the announcement in his opening speech at the Sports Forum held at University of Yangon’s Diamond Jubilee Hall.
This is the first time Myanmar is hosting the biennial games, which will see athletes from universities in ASEAN member nations competing in various sporting events.
In the games next year, athletes will compete in 16 events.
“Because we are the host country, we will have to take part in all events. We have to get ready to perform well and win,” U Win Maw Tun said.
Training for football and chess are already underway, while “outstanding” students are being selected to participate in various other events.
Higher education department director-general U Thein Win said most students could take part with Myanmar as the host nation.
“We will be selecting the outstanding students from all universities,” he said.
Meanwhile, U Hla Tint, a member of the ASEAN University Sports Council, said the organising committee in charge of the games had been set up.
“We have organised 10 other working committees. Next, we will be selecting athletes and organising training camps, which will be supervised by the related sports organisations and working committees,” he said.
Myanmar first took part in the international event, organised by the ASEAN University Sports Council since 1981, when the 15th ASEAN University Games was held in Thailand in 2010.
From the 15th to the 18th ASEAN University Games, Myanmar had brought home one gold, four silver, and 15 bronze medals.
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