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SEA Games update from Myanmar

05 Aug 2013
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar: The Olympic Council of Malaysia’s Secretary General, Dato' Sieh Kok Chi, was invited by the Myanmar Olympic Committee for discussions with the senior members of the Myanmar SEA Games Organising Committee, including the Minister of Sport, the two Deputy Ministers of Sport and the Joint Secretary General, from August 1-4. The Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, Prof. Hoang Vinh Giang, was invited for the discussions.

Inspections of the following venues were also undertaken ahead of the Myanmar SEA Games this December. The Athletes’ Village is almost 90% complete. The Village comprises 10 clusters, with each cluster having 10 units and each unit having eight apartments. Each apartment has been modified into one large room with eight beds, two toilets and showers and a small kitchen area.  All the apartments are air-conditioned.

There is no central dining hall. Each cluster will have its own dining hall, with a capacity of about 300 persons. This means there will be 10 separate dining halls, supplied from one central kitchen. There is a medical centre to serve the whole Village, but each contingent is also allotted one apartment for their own medical unit. Each contingent will have an apartment for an office. These offices are located in one area together with the religious centres. 

There is also a central recreation and gathering area for the athletes and team officials, where there are a couple of mini-markets, banks, laundry services, a Karaoke centre, a billiards & snooker centre, an Internet centre, a gymnasium and a small restaurant. Some of the services provided will be charged.

Visits were also made to the Equestrian Centre, the Main Stadium and the Water Sports Centre where canoeing, rowing and traditional boat races will be held.  The Myanmar Equestrian Federation has engaged Husref Malek Jeremiah, former national equestrian athlete, as their coach and consultant. The Equestrian Centre is very impressive and covers a large area. It has a covered pitch and an open air pitch, as well as quarters for the staff and stables for the horses. A test event has been held successfully.

The Water Sports Centre is about 20 km from Nay Pyi Taw and is a water supply and irrigation reservoir.  The width of the reservoir is over 2 km and is therefore adequate for both rowing and traditional boat race. The water level in the reservoir was slightly below its ideal level, but it is expected to be filled up by December.

The Hockey Stadium for the 27th SEA Games is located in Yangon. The covered stand of the stadium can seat about 800 spectators and temporary seats will be provided for the 27th SEA Games.

In the discussions, the following were clarified:

• For athletes and team officials and other officials, with the 27th SEA Games Accreditation Cards no visas will be required.

• Myanmar Airlines will provide direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Nay Pyi Taw and return.

• Application for Accreditation will commence on-line from August 15 to September 15.

• The Chefs de Mission Seminar will be held from September 21-23.

• Closing date for Entry by Name by Event is November 19. This date may be brought forward to November 10 to provide more time for the Organising Committee to process the entries.

• After the closing date of Entry by Number, on June 30, no sport has been cancelled due to insufficient entries.

• There will be 460 events, with 460 gold medals, 460 silver medals and 637 bronze medals.

• There are sufficient hotels in Nay Pyi Taw for supporters. Internal transportation from the hotels to the competition venues will be provided for a small charge.

Overall the Organising Committee of the 27th SEA Games has achieved excellent progress over the last year. The construction of the competition and training venues and the Athletes’ Village has been completed and they are being equipped and fitted.

As this is the first time in 44 years that the Government of Myanmar and the Organising Committee have hosted this regional sports festival, they are making every effort to make the 27th SEA Games a great success. In terms of the sports infrastructure and venues, including the Athletes’ Village, they will certainly be the best ever, as all of them are new.

Report supplied by Olympic Council of Malaysia.
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