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Burma’s para-archers shoot to win

Precision and nerves of steel is a recipe for success in archery, something that Burma turned out to possess.

The Burmese Paralympic archery team led the charts for men’s compound archery on Thursday, at the Para Games.

“Thailand is a tough opponent for us, they have even won Paralympic medals in the past”, said Aung Thua, Compound Archery Coach. “For now, we are so far so good and hopeful to win some gold. We would love to see some support!”

Both teams and individuals compete in the three day event, in three different classes; standing, wheelchair 1, and wheelchair 2, depending on the level of the athlete’s disability.

Burma is competing against 36 players from other ASEAN countries.

“We are new to the games, we are a little bit nervous but not scared”, said archer Moe Win. “Both we and our opponents have two hands each, so we are all fair and square. We are trying to keep our minds sharp and to take the best shot.”

The archery competitions will go on until Saturday the 18th of January.

So far Burma is number five in the overall tally with 15 gold medals, after Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. Indonesia is topping the list with 41 golds.