THE 39th MYANMAR traditional cane-ball competition is being held at the 40,000-seat Bogyoke Aung San Stadium in Yangon starting on 1 October.
Around 150 athletes from states and regions across Myanmar — from the capital Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, Bago, Magway, Sagaing Ayeyawady and Taninthayi regions, Mon, Kayin, Shan and Kachin states — are taking part in the four-day sports event organised by the Myanmar Chinlone Federation and the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The contest is aimed at promoting the role of traditional sports among the public, with the ministry putting forth a concerted effort to resurrect the country’s traditional sports through effective plans, Dr Thet Khaing Win, permanent secretary of the ministry, said.
Chinlone is a combination of sport and dance. Players use six points of contact with the ball: the top of the toes, the inner and outer sides of the foot, the sole, the heel, and the knee. It was introduced by Myanmar at the 27th Southeast Asian Games hosted in Nay Pyi Taw in 2013.—Tin Soe (MMAL)