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For the first time in 44 years, Myanmar (Burma) will host the Southeast Asian Games... and plans to dominate them.


Source: Gunawan Kartapranata

The SEA Games (formerly known as the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games) have been held every two years since 1959. Burma hosted the event in 1961 and 1969.  A lot has changed since then.

The SEA Games are now the largest sporting event in Southeast Asia and Myanmar’s former capital city Yangon has been superseded by Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw), approximately 320 km (200 miles) north of Yangon.

Myanmar (Burma) plans to dominate the games as it did more than four decades ago when its athletes amassed 149 medals—40 more than second place Thailand. "Although we target more gold medals in the 27th SEA Games, we will compete the games with dignity," promised U Tint San, Myanmar’s Minister of Sports.

The Olympic Council of Asia has approved plans for 28 sporting events in the 2013 games, 12 fewer than the last SEA Games held in Indonesia in 2011. Myanmar organizers excluded events such as beach volleyball and dancesports, for instance, because they considered uniforms for those sports “unsuitable for Burmese women.” Also, the country selected sports that played to its strengths and were in keeping with its culture, according to U Khin Maung Lwin, joint general secretary of the Myanmar Olympic Committee.

The games will feature up to 7,000 athletes from 11 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as Myanmar. Athletes will compete in events such as aquatics, basketball, boxing, bodybuilding, canoeing, cycling, football, judo, karatedo, weightlifting and a traditional boat race.


Source: Gunawan Kartapranata

The 27th SEA Games will take place Dec. 11-22 in the cities of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay. Myanmar delegate chief Naw Tawng assured attendees that accommodations will be plentiful, citing the capital’s 25 hotels and an additional 40 in Yangon. As of late 2012, the hotel room supply is still constrained and rooms are filling quickly, so we suggest that Games participants book as far in advance as possible.

According to the official brochure, Myanmar promises to make the games a “grand and magnificent event, to restore Myanmar’s former standing and prestige in the athletic world and demonstrate the culture, courtesy, hospitality and sincerity of the Myanmar people to many athletes and foreign visitors who will be present.”

Let the game preparations begin.


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