Monday, September 25, 2017

MCF President’s chinlone challenge

As the final stages of the Max Power President’s Cup draw close, chinlone and sepak takraw teams at Amarapura’s Way Yaw Zana Pagoda in Mandalay are battling for prizes including money, motorcycles and smart phones.

Members of the national squad demonstrate their skills in Mandalay. Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw / The Myanmar TimesMembers of the national squad demonstrate their skills in Mandalay. Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw / The Myanmar Times

40 chinlone groups and 100 sepak takraw squads have taken part in the competition that concludes tomorrow and began on January 16.

Before the tournament the Myanmar Chinlone Federation told press that they expected the tournament to herald a new era for the sport to capture the publics imagination.

“This year’s tournament is guaranteed to be the biggest, most thrilling event we’ve ever held,” said Soe Naing, president of the MCF, adding that in addition to the sporting competition they would be adding new activities to involve their fans.

These events have included a photo contest, with a K500,000 first prize to be awarded and fans’ trick challenge.

Such initiatives are part of the sport’s sponsorship arrangement with their new “official beverage”.

“Together we are working to bring chinlone to an even wider audience than ever before and re-ignite passion for Myanmar’s national sport, and this tournament is sure to greatly enhance our mission,” said Soe Naing in a press release.

Action at the pagoda has been continuing from 8am to 10pm across nine events including chinlone competitions for men and women, amateur’s and under-15s.

Prizes worth a combined K36 million is up for grabs in the chinlone competition, with K23 million spent on prizes for the sepak takraw.

Next month as part of efforts to spread the game abroad, Nay Pyi Taw will host the 2nd Asian Chinlone Championships.

Staff, with additional reporting by Phyo Wai Kyaw and Hlaing Kyaw Soe

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