Myanmar gets thumbs-up for SEA Games

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seagames2After a final inspection by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), representing one of the participating countries, Myanmar got finally full approval to host the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) this December in Naypyidaw.

After months of uncertainty over its readiness, OCM secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that it was all systems go for Myanmar to host the biennial games,  saying that he was “impressed” with the way things had turned around after a recent visit to Myanmar this month.

Myanmar is hosting the games for the first time after 44 years. The country last hosted the Sea Games in 1969 and earlier in 1961, both times in Yangon.

“Most of the venues are ready. All the venues have excellent facilities – except for hockey. It is not so impressive as hockey is not a very popular sport in Myanmar. The covered stands can seat about 800 spectators and they have promised to add temporary seats,” said Kok Chi.

He added that the Main Stadium was “brand new and has world class facilities” and that he does not foresee any major logistic problems.

Myanmar Airlines will be providing direct flights for athletes and officials from Kuala Lumpur to Naypyidaw directly during the Games. No visas are required for athletes and officials, there are sufficient hotels for supporters, and internal transportation will be provided for visitors from hotels to all competition venues for a minimal fee.

The Games Village in Naypyidaw can house 6,400 occupants. All the apartments are air-conditioned. In Yangon, the athletes and officials will be housed in hotels.

Myanmar are hosting a total of 33 sports. The bulk will be hosted in Naypyidaw while six will be held in Yangon. Only the women’s football and sailing will be held at two different cities – Mandalay and Pathein. A total of 460 events will be contested.

The next games will be held in Singapore (2015), Kuala Lumpur (2017), Brunei (2019) and Phnom Penh (2021).



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After a final inspection by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), representing one of the participating countries, Myanmar got finally full approval to host the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) this December in Naypyidaw. After months of uncertainty over its readiness, OCM secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that it was all systems go for Myanmar to host the biennial games,  saying that he was "impressed" with the way things had turned around after a recent visit to Myanmar this month. Myanmar is hosting the games for the first time after 44 years. The country last hosted the Sea...

seagames2After a final inspection by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), representing one of the participating countries, Myanmar got finally full approval to host the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) this December in Naypyidaw.

After months of uncertainty over its readiness, OCM secretary Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that it was all systems go for Myanmar to host the biennial games,  saying that he was “impressed” with the way things had turned around after a recent visit to Myanmar this month.

Myanmar is hosting the games for the first time after 44 years. The country last hosted the Sea Games in 1969 and earlier in 1961, both times in Yangon.

“Most of the venues are ready. All the venues have excellent facilities – except for hockey. It is not so impressive as hockey is not a very popular sport in Myanmar. The covered stands can seat about 800 spectators and they have promised to add temporary seats,” said Kok Chi.

He added that the Main Stadium was “brand new and has world class facilities” and that he does not foresee any major logistic problems.

Myanmar Airlines will be providing direct flights for athletes and officials from Kuala Lumpur to Naypyidaw directly during the Games. No visas are required for athletes and officials, there are sufficient hotels for supporters, and internal transportation will be provided for visitors from hotels to all competition venues for a minimal fee.

The Games Village in Naypyidaw can house 6,400 occupants. All the apartments are air-conditioned. In Yangon, the athletes and officials will be housed in hotels.

Myanmar are hosting a total of 33 sports. The bulk will be hosted in Naypyidaw while six will be held in Yangon. Only the women’s football and sailing will be held at two different cities – Mandalay and Pathein. A total of 460 events will be contested.

The next games will be held in Singapore (2015), Kuala Lumpur (2017), Brunei (2019) and Phnom Penh (2021).



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