To mark the 43rd Rakhine State Day, Rakhine traditional “Kyin” wrestling competitions kicked off at 9 am yesterday at the Wingabar Grounds in Sittway, Rakhine State.
The ceremony was opened with the cutting of a ribbon by the Chairman of Rakhine State Convening Committee and minister for finance, revenue, planning and commerce U Kyaw Aye Thein, Secretary of the Kyin Competition, U Aung Saw Mra, and chairman of the town-elders association, U Maung Tha Sein, followed by a demonstration of Kyin wrestlers. In honour of Rakhine State Day, Ma Mi Su Wai, representing Vati Layat in Rakhine State, demonstrated motor-bike riding with five pots on his head while traveling across the sports ground, and was awarded K 5 lakhs by U Kyaw Aye Thein.
U Aung Saw Mra noted, “Rakhine State Day is annually observed, under the leadership of the Rakhine State Government, with traditional Kyin wrestling competitions. The sport has been separated into gold and silver events. Winners in the gold events will be presented with K 20000, with the loser receiving K 15000. Winners in the silver events will be presented with K 10000, with the loser collecting K 6000. Competitions will be held on 13, 14 and 15 December. It is expected that at least 40 wrestlers will compete in the gold events, and 320 in silver events.”
First prize will be awarded with 4 ticals of gold, and second and third prize with 3 ticals of gold, whereas in the silver events, first prize winners will be awarded 3 ticals of gold, second prize with 2 ticals of gold and the third prize winner will receive ¾ ticals of gold. The Kyin Wrestling Competition was attended by high ranking officials of the Rakhine State Government, township department heads, wrestlers and Kyin fans.
Tin Tun [IPRD]