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U ZAW WINN, DEPUTY MINISTER FOR SPORTS CONVEYS THE SEA GAMES TORCH TO THE OPENING

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U Zaw Winn , the Deputy Minister for Ministry of Sports and the Vice President of Myanmar Olympic Committee and the Chairman of Myanmar SEA Games Organization Executive Committee conveys the 27th SEA Games torch to the 27 th SEA Games Opening Ceremony.

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Inter-ministry men’s football tournament 2012 kicks off

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NAY PYI TAW, 3 Aug ___
The inter-ministry men’s football tournament 2012 kicked off at the pitch of Nay Pyi Taw FC in Paunglaung Sports ground, Pyinmana Township this evening, attended by Secretary of Myanmar National Sports Committee Deputy Minister for Sports U Aye Myint Kyu, deputy ministers of various ministries, officials and staff personnel and special guests. The tournament is the sixth of its kind with a view to creating relaxing environment and unity and friendship among the staff of ministries, contributing to national health and refreshing the staff to be able take more duties. Players of 28 contending teams took positions in the pitch and the deputy minister made an opening address. Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation team played against Ministry of Immigration and Population team in the debut in which the former beat the latter 2-1.


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Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham addresses coordination meeting of the committee for ensuring success in XXVII SEA Games

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 26.7.12

NAY PYI TAW, 23 July  ___

Patron of the Leading Committee for Preparation of the XXVII SEA Games Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham visited sports grounds and stadiums around here to view training of athletes this morning and addressed the coordination meeting of the committee for ensuring success in XXVII SEA Games.

 

The Vice-President first visited Nay Pyi Taw sports training camp in Lewe Township of Nay Pyi Taw Council Area where he, accompanied by Union Minister at the President Office U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and for Sports U Tint Hsan, deputy ministers, personnel of the Ministry of Sports, presidents, vicepresidents and secretaries of respective sports federations, viewed athletes of such sports as billiard, Sepak Takraw, judo, Pencak Silat, badminton, acrobatics, table tennis, karatedo, Taekwondo, weight-lifting, Wushu, shooting and track & field undergoing training for the XXVII SEA Games and spoke words of encouragement to them.

The Vice-President and party then visited construction site of Zabuthiri Stadium in Zabuthiri Township where the opening and closing of the XXVII SEA Games would be held. The Vice- President inspected the progress of the stadium and stressed the needs.

The Vice-President then visited Nay Pyi Taw archery range in Zabuthiri Township and viewed the training of selected archers.

The Vice-President at the sports village inspected completed apartments and hostels for Myanmar athletes. He then proceeded to Ngalaik Dam to view training of yachtsmen and rowers at Nay Pyi Taw rowing sports centre.

The Vice-President later went to Nay Pyi Taw cycling ground near Mount Pleasant Hotel. Ho spoke words of encouragement to them and inspected BMX, Cross Country and Down Hill.

The Vice-President then attended the coordination meeting for preparation for ensuring success in XXVII SEA Games at the Mount Pleasant Hotel Chairman of the Leading Committee for Preparation of the XXVII SEA Games Union Minister U Tint Hsan reported on preparation for achievements in XXVII SEA Games.

Next, President of Myanmar Para Sports Federation Major General Nay Lin reported propositions to host the seventh ASEAN ParaGames after the XXVII SEA Games and preparation for achievements in the games.

The Vice-President, in his speech, said the XXVII SEA Games is drawing near, 16 moths away from now. What to be focused and prepared was instructed at the latest meeting in last February. Respective sports federations are undergoing intensive training, but there still may be ones that have just begun training. The results would depend on the extent of the comprehensiveness of the training. During the election campaigns on TV, candidates argued that men make their own history. If so, sportsmen and sports federations need to write their own history.

It is everyone’s aspiration to possess glorious days somehow. Self-determination, diligence and never-say-die attitude is what is needed to write the history at the very moment. It is the State’s desire to have it significant landmark in the course of sports standard development.

The State would assist in whatever it can and the federations are also to strive for whatever possible results. The training of sportsmen can be categorized into two parts, physical and mental trainings, both of which need considerable support. In addition to intensive training at home, international experience is instrumental.

Myanmar achieved 16 gold medals in the XXVI SEA Games held in Indonesia, forwarding from eighth to seventh in the medal standing. But, still it is much below the level from 35 gold medals in 1961 and 59 gold medals in 1969. As the country would act as the host, it needs to grasp the first place, at least the third, only then records would remain remarkable.

The State takes pride in success of U-22 football team which sailed through the qualifier. The State also took pride in success of such sports as rowing, archery, sepak takraw, judo, wushu and so forth in the previous SEA games. It is said the exciting time or the time when emotions run highest is when the flag is flown after the competition. It is said that nothing matches the mixed feelings on feels when his own national flag is flown atop the mast. Some even shed tear either out of joy or out of sadness, at the highest of their emotions.

So, all are obliged to do their bit fly high the State Flag. Assistance must be provided for successful holding of seventh ASEAN Para Games. All responsible persons including the sports federations are to make collaborative efforts for successful holding of and ensuring victories in XXVII SEA Games, urged the Vice-President.

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US swimmer Michael Phelps 'arrested for drink driving'

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Police in Baltimore, Maryland, said he was stopped for speeding after being caught going 84mph (135km/h) in a 45mph zone early on Tuesday morning.

Mr Phelps was co-operative but failed a series of standard field sobriety tests, traffic police said in a statement. He was charged and released.

The most decorated Olympian ever, with 22 medals, later apologised on Twitter.

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," Mr Phelps wrote.

"I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

Mr Phelps, 28, retired after winning his 22nd Olympic medal at the London Games in 2012 but came out of retirement earlier this year.

The Maryland Transportation Authority said Mr Phelps was driving a white 4x4 in Fort McHenry tunnel in Baltimore when the vehicle was caught on police radar at 01:40 local time (05:40 GMT).

Police said he was "arrested and charged with DUI [driving under the influence], excessive speed and crossing double lines".

The statement said Mr Phelps was co-operative throughout the process and was released after being charged.

Mr Phelps, who is from Baltimore County, was previously charged for driving under the influence in Maryland in 2004. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in exchange for 18 months' probation.

 

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Arthur Abraham beats Paul Smith to retain WBO title

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27 September 2014

Liverpool boxer Paul Smith put in the performance of his career but lost out on points to Germany's Arthur Abraham in their WBO super-middleweight bout.

The 31-year-old caused the defending champion all sorts of trouble throughout the fight in Germany.

Smith, the British champion, worked hard throughout, setting the tempo from the start.

But Abraham put in a strong last round and two judges gave it 117-111 and the third 119-109.

Afterwards Smith described the scoring as 'disgusting'.

"That's twice I have been on the end of a wrong decision and it has shattered my world," he told Sky Sports.

"I knew I had the beating of him but I did a lot right and was outworking him in every round.

"I believed I had done enough and won the fight but the judges didn't. I feel robbed."

The Liverpudlian, who was stopped by James DeGale and George Groves in 2010 and 2011 respectively, needed to make a solid start and he started at a fast pace, putting in a good effort in the opening couple of rounds but without seriously troubling his opponent.

Abraham gradually came more into the fight and, with some solid defence, he started to pile on the pressure by the midway point of the fight.

Smith tried to force the issue in the seventh round and began to land the bigger punches and, with Abraham showing signs of vulnerability, he was rocked by a left hook from Smith in the ninth round.

Abraham regrouped and started to look more dangerous by the 10th round but he was also looking more tired and Smith dug deep for one last effort but it was not enough.

 

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