Nay Pyi Taw, 28 th August
Vice-President U Nyan Tun attended the opening ceremony of Pre-SEA Games Karatedo Test Match at Nay Pyi Taw Wunna Theikdi Gymna-sium (3000-A), here, this morning.
President of Myanmar Karatedo Federation Dr Win Zaw explained matters related to the test match and urged the athletes to try their best in the XXVII SEA Games applying the experiences to be obtained in the test match.
Chairman of Leading Committee for Organiz-ing the SEA Games Union Minister for Sports U Tint Hsan in his address said that Myanmar Karatedo Federation was established in June 1989 and the federa-tion has been taking part in the SEA Games from the 15thto 26thgames without fail. Karatedo event will be put into the XXVII SEA Games to be able to have opportunity to designate it as an Olympic sport. The federation cooperates with regional countries in development of Karatedo sport while taking part in the contests not only in SEA but in Asia, he said.
Based on experiences obtained from the interna-tional competitions, Myan-mar Karatedo Federation will successfully hold the test match in cooperation with the contending coun-tries. Today’s matches will foster friendly relations and understanding among SEA countries.
Vice-President U Nyan Tun presented gifts to the Karatedo teams.
In the afternoon, Deputy Minister U Zaw Win and the MKF President presented prizes to the winners. Also present on the ccasion were Union ministers, deputy ministers, Hluttaw representatives, Chairman of Asian Karatedo Federation Referee Committee, Secretary of SEA Karatedo Federation Mr Vincent Chang, Technical in-charge Mr Lin Chee Jim, officials of the Ministry of Sports and Myanmar National Sports Committee, referees and spectators.
Karatedo teams of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, host Myanmar A and B teams are taking part in the text match that will last till tomorrow.