Monday, July 24, 2017

A boost for youth development

Aung san indoor stadium will this week play host to a bodybuilding competition where the aim is to promote youth development.

Bodybuilders pose at the end of a local tournament earlier this year. Photo - The Myanmar TimesBodybuilders pose at the end of a local tournament earlier this year. Photo - The Myanmar Times

Restricted to youths under 25 years of age, the competition scheduled May 7 is open to men as well as women, but only to amateurs.

The men will be competing in five weight divisions – 55kg, 60kg, 65kg, 70kg and 70kg+ while the benchmark in the women’s competition is height – under 5’3’’ or taller.

“The competition is aimed at youths. We introduced a bodybuilding curriculum and many students have gone for it.

They will be competing in the tournament,” said Myanmar BodybuildingFederation’s general secretary U Kyaw Sein Than.

Under-25 students from states and regions can participate but national athletes and champion bodybuilders are barred.

“This is an amateur tournament. National and champion local athletes can’t compete because that won’t be fair to the students. Winners will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. We hope to appeal to new-generation body builders,’’ U Kyaw Sein Than said.

Contestants in both women’s categories will be vying for the ‘‘Model Female Physique’’ prize.

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