9 July 2019
Myanmar Traditional Chinlone Federation Chairman’s Cup (rainy season tournament) began in Yangon on Tuesday with the participation of 38 teams from across the country.
The tournament at Aung San Stadium is to promote Chinlone, one of Myanmar Traditional Sports and to encourage enthusiasts and young generation players. Chinlone has played a prominent role in Myanmar for about 1,500 years. Chairman of Myanmar Traditional Chinlone Federation stressed that this tournament aims to popularize Chinlone sport not only in Asia but also across the world. Myanmar also introduced Chinlone sport at the 27th SEA Games in Nay Pyi Taw in 2013.
Chairman, Myanmar Traditional Chinlone Federation, Thet Lwin said “State Counsellor instructed us to promote Chinlone Sport – this tournament is part of our efforts. To organize this tournament, we took nearly 1 month by holding several meetings. At this tournament, we welcomed anyone across the country who wants to join under rules and regulations. We plan to hold many competitions for promotion of Chinlone Sport.”
A total of 38 teams will compete in groups of 4 players (men and women), 6 players and 10 players for men at this tournament.
Player, One Two Two One Team, Thiri Kyaw said “Our team is comprised of 7 members from Mandalay. We join this kind of competition every year and we grabbed the first prize in the previous competition. This time, we will compete in the 4-player category. We prepared the best and we will try our utmost.”
Player, Diamond Crown Team, Kyaw San Myint said “As we love and cherish our traditional sport, we join this competition from Meikhtilar Township. We trained over 1 month. This is our 2nd time joining such kind of competition. We will try our best.”
It’s also learnt that 4 Silver Chinlone Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winning teams in the 4 categories at the tournament.
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