Myanmar gets ready for Southeast Asia Games

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SEA stadiumMyanmar is “100 per cent” ready for the South-East Asian (SEA) Games, Sports Ministry director Htay Aung said on November 28. The games are scheduled to be held from December 11 to 22 in Naypyidaw, as well as in Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach.

In a major test of Myanmar’s infrastructure and organisation, thousands of athletes, officials, media and visitors will descend for the 22-day multi-sport event from December 1.

Htay Aung said 6,000 athletes and 3,000 journalists are due for the games, which begin in low-key fashion with football preliminaries and floorball demonstration events. It does not formally get under way until the opening ceremony on December 11 at the 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium in the newly-built capital Naypyitaw.

“Hundreds of thousands” of local fans will attend, Htay Aung said.

Some 1,380 medals will be handed out in events ranging from mainstream sports such as athletics to the traditional Myanmar pursuit of chinlone, a combination of sport and dance with a rattan ball.

Vice-President Nyan Tun has urged athletes to “strive for a golden age of Myanmar sports… improving the reputation of the country and making history to be regarded as sporting heroes,” according to a government release.

However, privately some officials are concerned about the preparations and potential problems, especially the number of hotel rooms to accommodate all the visitors, as well as uninterrupted power supply and security for athletes and visitors.

The SEA Games are not unfamiliar with problems. The last edition in Indonesia was hit by corruption and delays in construction, and a deadly stadium stampede at the men’s football final.

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Myanmar is “100 per cent” ready for the South-East Asian (SEA) Games, Sports Ministry director Htay Aung said on November 28. The games are scheduled to be held from December 11 to 22 in Naypyidaw, as well as in Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach.

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SEA stadiumMyanmar is “100 per cent” ready for the South-East Asian (SEA) Games, Sports Ministry director Htay Aung said on November 28. The games are scheduled to be held from December 11 to 22 in Naypyidaw, as well as in Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach.

In a major test of Myanmar’s infrastructure and organisation, thousands of athletes, officials, media and visitors will descend for the 22-day multi-sport event from December 1.

Htay Aung said 6,000 athletes and 3,000 journalists are due for the games, which begin in low-key fashion with football preliminaries and floorball demonstration events. It does not formally get under way until the opening ceremony on December 11 at the 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium in the newly-built capital Naypyitaw.

“Hundreds of thousands” of local fans will attend, Htay Aung said.

Some 1,380 medals will be handed out in events ranging from mainstream sports such as athletics to the traditional Myanmar pursuit of chinlone, a combination of sport and dance with a rattan ball.

Vice-President Nyan Tun has urged athletes to “strive for a golden age of Myanmar sports… improving the reputation of the country and making history to be regarded as sporting heroes,” according to a government release.

However, privately some officials are concerned about the preparations and potential problems, especially the number of hotel rooms to accommodate all the visitors, as well as uninterrupted power supply and security for athletes and visitors.

The SEA Games are not unfamiliar with problems. The last edition in Indonesia was hit by corruption and delays in construction, and a deadly stadium stampede at the men’s football final.

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