Myanmar youth volleyball players have chance for national squad

Myanmar U-19 volleyball team missed a chance at a World Championship berth after losing the quarter-final of the Asian Boy’s U-19 Volleyball Championship, but these young athletes still have a chance for the national selection team.

Myanmar (Blue) and South Korea clashing in the quarter final of the Asian U-19 Volleyball Championship in Wunna Theikdi Stadium. Photo - Supplied Myanmar (Blue) and South Korea clashing in the quarter final of the Asian U-19 Volleyball Championship in Wunna Theikdi Stadium. Photo - Supplied

“We’ll select talented players from this team for the national volleyball team to compete in the 29th SEA Games in August.

We saw improvement by young Myanmar players in this tournament. Although we only got 8th place, I’m satisfied with our youths’ performance,” MVF secretary U Nyi Nyi Lwin told The Myanmar Times.

Myanmar hosted the 11th Asian Boy’s U-19 Volleyball Championship from March 28 to April 5 at Wunna Theikdi Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw for the first time.

The nine-day tournament attracted youth volleyball players from Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Iran, Bangladesh, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China and Chinese Taipei.

Myanmar was in Pool A with Hong Kong and Australia, whom they defeated in group matches 3-0 and 3-1, respectively. But they lost to Thailand 3-0 and continued losing to Japan 3-0 at the knockout stage.

The team finished in 8th place Wednesday after losing to group rival Australia 3-0. They missed being among the semifinalists who qualified for the Volleyball U-19 World Championship in Bahrain.

“We hoped to finish among the top teams before the competition, but the other teams had a lot of talent. Myanmar players had no international experience, but they did their best and got a lot of experience from this tournament,” U Nyi Nyi Lwin added.

The Myanmar U-19 volleyball team was formed with students from the Sports and Physical Education Department.

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