Friday, August 18, 2017

Big Myanmar contingent for S’pore student games

Myanmar, making its maiden appearance at the competition, is sending a 1,750-strong contingent to the 9th ASEAN School Games that kick off in Singapore today.

The Myanmar contingent poses for a group picture before its departure to Singapore. Photo: Sports and Physical Education Department. Photo - AFPThe Myanmar contingent poses for a group picture before its departure to Singapore. Photo: Sports and Physical Education Department. Photo - AFP

The competition brings together students from the 10 ASEAN countries – Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar – and it runs until July 20.

The contingent comprises mostly of students a majority of whom are enrolled at the national Sports and Physical Education Department while only a small percentage are from state-run high schools for basic education.

They will take part in athletics, badminton, sepak takraw, swimming, gymnastics, table tennis and lawn tennis. Myanmar is not competing in ten-pin bowling, volleyball and basketball.

Local sports authorities are treating the Singapore games as a stepping stone to the 19th ASEAN University Games next year which Myanmar will be hosting in December.

“It is our first appearance at this competition where Myanmar is entering in seven events and though our gold medal prospects may not look all that good, it is an ideal opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience, and set up them up nicely for the university games next year,” said U Myo Hlaing, the chief director of Sports and Physical Education Department.

The ASEAN School Games is an annual competition launched in 2009 in Thailand. At the last edition of the competition, also in Thailand, the country topped the medal tally, winning 56 gold, 36 silver and 33 bronze medals. It has been the most successful nation at these games followed by Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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