Six Karen ethnic boxers have been selected to represent Burma at the coming 27th Southeast Asian Games that will be hosted in Burma from December 11th 2013.
A member of the SEA Game organizing committee said that the Karen boxers selected to compete in the SEA Game include Saw Nga Man (Saw Shark), the Burmese golden belt champion, Nan That Htar San, a silver medalist from the 26th SEA Games held in Indonesia, Saw K’Nyaw Poe, Saw Willion Htoo Gay, Saw Mike Yae, and Naw Paw Loun Eh.
Naw Aulia Paw, a member of Sea Game Organizing Committee, spoke to the Karen News about the Karen boxers.
“They will be competing in different fights. Only Nan That Htar San is a [pure] boxer. The others fight in the Muay Thai style boxing. Right now they are practicing in Naypyidaw, Nan That Htar San, is now practicing with her coach in Kazakhstan.”
Naw Aulia Paw said that for the Muay Thai style, Thai and Burmese trainers are giving coaching while Nan That Htar San left Burma for Kazakhstan on November 5 for a month’s training.
Saw Nya Man, one of the selected boxers spoke to Karen News.
“I am happy to be invited to fight for the nation. Now we have undergone intensive practicing. I am glad that I have chance to participate and I love to do this. I will try the best in the competition.”
The 27th Southeast Asian Games will be held in Burma from 11-22 December at the cities of Naypyidaw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung.There will be 33 sports categories including Muay Thai. The boxing and Muay Thai will take place in Naypyidaw.
There are 5,727 competitors from Southeast Asian countries such as Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Brunei, and East Timor – Burma has the most participants.
Burma has hosted Sea Games twice, once in 1961 and again in 1969. After 44 years, Burma is now hosting the Sea Games for its third time.