17 Jan Myanmar teams announce SEA Games preparations

Written by Matt Roebuck Published in Sport Read 5024 times
Photo: Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s national sports teams have begun to announce their preparation plans for June’s South East Asian Games, to be held in Singapore.

On January 16, the Myanmar Hockey Federation told state media that between late February and late March, their mens’ team would take on eight Malaysian club sides in friendly match-ups.

When Myanmar hosted the Games in 2013, their grabbed Bronze but lost 11-0 to the Malaysians in the group stages. The Malaysians went on to win the final with a 5-0 victory over Singapore.

The Global New Light of Myanmar reported on January 16 that the Myanmar Volleyball Federation will host a warm-up competition for the event at the Aung San Stadium from January 28 to March 1.

The 15 man squad, currently training in Yangon are likely to face Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam in the pre-SEA Games competition.

Myanmar’s Under 23 football team, who will compete in the SEA Games, are also now under twice-weekly training for the AFC U-23 championship qualifiers to be played in March. Myanmar is pooled in the Group F of the qualifiers, which also act as the first step towards Olympic qualification. They will face group hosts Chinese Taipei, as well as Australia and Hong Kong.

On January 13, Myanmar’s archers held a friendly contest at the Wunna Theikdi sports complex in Nay Pyi Taw with targetmen from the Gawando archery team of South Korea, a country that dominates the sport.

Deputy Minister for Sports U Zaw Win was reported in the GLNM as stressing that the Myanmar archers make the most of their opportunity to learn from the best.

Myanmar national athletes plan to take part in the 31 sports out of 36 sports to be held between June 5 and June 16.

Last modified on Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:04