Myanmar archers see Indonesia as their biggest rival at the 5th Southeast Asia Archery Championship, said Myanmar archer Ma Aung Ngein on January 10.
The event began on January 9 in Nay Pyi Taw and is due to finish on January 14.
“Our main rivalry is with Indonesia more so than with other opponents in this championship,” said Ma Aung Ngein.
She added that the national team would be more confident heading into the SEA Games, which begin on December 11, if they were to win this tournament.
Myanmar fielded 24 archers for the event. About 100 archers from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia are competing. Cambodia, the Philippines, Brunei and Laos did not send teams.
Lee Saung Bon, coach of the Myanmar National Archery Team said his squad will aim to win the most gold medals.
“We have practised hard so we hope each individual will win a gold medal,” said Ma Aung Ngein.
Dr Khin Shwe, vice chairman of Myanmar Olympic Committee said that he expected Myanmar’s streak of winning at least one gold medal in every Southeast Asia Championship would continue.
“Other countries will test their skills here because it is the preliminary competition before the SEA Games. We expect to win 7 gold medals at least,” Dr Khin Shwe told The Myanmar Times.
He also hoped that hosting the competition in the Nay Pyi Taw would provide an opportunity to showcase the capital to visiting athletes.
“The others teams don’t know much about Nay Pyi Taw but I believe the participants will share that they experienced fine weather conditions in the city and saw its current development when they return home,” said Dr Khin Shwe
Translated by Zar Zar Soe