The Ministry of Health and Sport has confirmed that Myanmar's athletes will participate in 29 sports and games at the 29th Southeast Asian Games to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The competitions include wushu, sepak takraw, judo, billiards and archery. But they will not be participating in muay boxing, pencak silat, horse racing, ice hockey, ice skating, lawn bowls, netball and waterskiing.
Myanmar took part in 31 sports in the 28th games with rowing being dropped this time. The country is expected to win gold medals in about 10 sports.
The Malaysian Olympic Committee is planning to hold a men’s soccer tournament beginning on August 14 after schedules for the 29th SEA Games was adjusted because the original dates conflicted with a religious festival.
The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) will cooperate with the Japan Football Association in an effort to improve the standard of women’s football.
The National Football Academy in Yangon and the MFF will start implementing this plan this year.
Although some foreign football clubs including Inter Milan, a famous Serie-A club in Italy, offered to help the MFF, the Myanmar federation has decided to work only with the Japanese Football Association.