Modern stadiums and gymnasiums as sports venues are ready to be used for hosting the 27th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted by Myanmar in December this year.
The main sports venues for the SEA Games will be Wunna Theikdi and Zeyathiri Stadiums, which have been built on grand scale with modernized designs.
The sports venues have been prepared with modern facilities in Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwehsaung.
The sports complexes have been constituted with gymnasiums, 3000-seat stadiums and swimming pools for the swimming and diving events.
The event will be joined by over 5,900 athletes from 11 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as host Myanmar.
In the era of the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, which is known as the SEA Games, Aung San Stadium in Yangon was relied as main sports venue for the competitions.
The Sports Village, comprising hostels for accommodations, venues for sports trainings and other facilities, has been built in Nay Pyi Taw for accommodation of athletes and coaches.
It is facilitated with training grounds, money exchangers, entertainment centers, mess hall and worship venues, comprising offices for SEA Games, international Olympic committee offices, media centers, flag mall and management offices for the athletes.
The facility is located beside Pyinmana-Taungnyo Road and Wunna Theikdi Stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies for the SEA games will be held.
The SEA Games opening and closing ceremonies will feature on a grand scale with advanced technologies, meeting Asian standards.
The stadium will be installed with one 110-meter LED screen and other six screens for the ceremonies.
The opening ceremony will be held under 163 agendas to showcase Myanmar traditional culture.
Although the SEA Games will be held from Dec. 11 to 22 on the schedules, some sports will kick off on Dec. 1.
In this year’s SEA Games, 33 kinds of sports events, which is less than the number of sports in 2011 Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia, will be put in the list and altogether 1557 medals including 460 gold, 460 silver and 637 bronze Medals will be awarded.
In some events, bronze medals will be given to joint winners, so its number is higher than that of gold and silver medals.
It is the first time in 44 years for Myanmar to host the SEA Games.
The competitions will take place in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, and Ngwehsaung beach.
Women’s football tournament will be held in Mandalay and sailing event in Ngwehsaung, Yangon will host men’s football group matches, hockey, shooting, weightlifting and Kampo events.
The remaining events will be organized in Nay Pyi Taw.
More than 55 days left for holding SEA Games and national athletes are gearing up for ensuring best performance in the SEA Games.
Athletes of some sports categories are being trained by foreign coaches.
Meanwhile, Myanmar archers have set an ambitious target for gold medals. A total of 21 tentatively selected archers of the Myanmar team are under intensive training ahead of the SEA Games.
The archers had recently taken one-month training in South Korea.
A 13-member Myanmar women basketball team had undergone joint training in China and Malaysia in their build-up for the SEA Games.
Since June 2012, the team has been under training by a Thai coach.
For Karatedo event, Karatedo athletes are being trained by two Japanese coaches in Kumite event and by Iranian and Malaysian coaches in Kata event.
The Karatedo event in the SEA Games will comprise 17 events with 17 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze medals to be awarded, the federation president said, adding that the athletes are trying their best in training within over one year period.
Myanmar wrestlers team had undergone joint-training in Cambodia and Vietnam.
A total of 30 wrestlers including 23 men and 7 women were selected for the SEA Games and they are being trained by four foreign coaches in Yangon.
In order to get international experiences, pre-SEA Games competitions are being held in the country, which is joined by foreign athletes.
The SEA Games have been held every two years since 1959. Myanmar hosted the event in 1961 and 1969.
Source: Mizzima News Myanmar