Monday, July 24, 2017

Chinlone warm-up for SEA Games

Chinlone will soon have its day in the sun as the game’s governing body has decided to host this most traditional of Myanmar’s sport in the form of a tournament next month.

Exponents of the tradtional chinlone sport in action during the President Cup competition held in Mandalay last year. Photo - Myanmar Chinlone FederationExponents of the tradtional chinlone sport in action during the President Cup competition held in Mandalay last year. Photo - Myanmar Chinlone Federation

Scheduled from May 5-8, the Myanmar Traditional Chinlone tournament will take place at Wunna Theikdi indoor stadium in Nay Pyi Taw. The competition is also a warm-up for the 29th SEA Games Malaysia will be hosting later this year.

Apart from Myanmar teams from Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia are also participating in the tournament. They will be competing under four categories.

‘‘This tournament’s aim is to prepare for the SEA Games. The Malaysian chinlone team and Myanmar’s have been training together in Nay Pyi Taw since last year. We’re staging the competition to allow the Malaysia team to gain valuable experience. Thailand and Cambodia have also agreed to join in,’ U Pyae Sone Myint, general secretary of the Myanmar Chinlone Federation told The Myanmar Times recently.

The format will match the one be used at the SEA Games in Malaysia and include all chinlone events on the cards there. However, this tournament is confined to only men’s events – four in all – non-repetition primary, same stroke, linking, and non-repetition secondary.

The purpose of the host nation is to share its experience with other teams. It’s not about winning golds in Malaysia, said U Pyae Sone Myint.

“Chinlone is our traditional sport and our main target isn’t gold medals. We’ll share our experiences with other teams in order to promote the sport. If they win gold medals, they will show more interest in the sport and chinlone’s popularity in Southeast Asia will increase,’’ he added.

Myanmar introduced chinlone at the 27th SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw in 2013 and the sport has been part of the regional competition ever since. It plans to send a 10-strong contingent to Malaysia and hopes to win at least two gold medals there.

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