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Myanmar Sports

Traditional Myanmar sports include Chinlone, boxing, rowing, cock-fights, and Myanmar thaing.


Chinlone Techniques

Chinlone is a traditional sport played with a rattan or cane ball measuring about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The purpose of the game is to keep the ball in the air, using only feet, knees, elbows, shoulders, or heads - but not hands. The game can be played alone or with others standing in a circle. Two teams can be played alone or with others standing in a circle. Two teams can also pit their skills against each other in a game similar to volleyball. This game is enjoyed by women as well as men, and Chinlone associations have been established all over Myanmar.


Myanmar Boxing

Myanmar traditional boxing has no specific rules, except that the boxer is not allowed to bite or scratch the opponent or kick him in the groin. The winner is the boxer who draws blood for a fourth time, after the opponent has been allowed to wipe away blood three times. This game is so cruel even to Myanmar people.


Myanmar martial includes bando, banshay and thaing. These arts were more popular in the ancient times.


In the countryside, villagers organize traditional cock-fights, with spectators laying bets on the bird they hope will win. Bird owners sometimes attach sharp spurs to the legs of their roosters, which are trained to attack the opponent.