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Burma aiming for 50 golds at SEA Games

Burma is aiming to win no less than 50 gold medals at the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore this June, following up strongly on its performance in 2013 when it hosted the games in Naypyidaw, coming in second in the overall medal tally with 86 golds.

According to Kyaw San Oo, the director of the Sports Ministry’s Training and Competition Department, Burma is sending more than 500 athletes to Singapore and will compete in 31 of 36 sports events at the games.

“There are 18 sports that we should win gold medals,” he said. “And there are another nine disciplines where we have the potential to win but will have to try very hard.”

Asked to list the 18 sports in which he felt Burma should bring home gold medals, Kyaw San Oo said it included football, archery, track and field, billiards and snooker, bowling, boxing and canoeing.

He said that the relevant sports federations are currently preparing to send their squads to China and South Korea for intensive training ahead of the games that are due to kick off in less than 80 days.

Burma hosted the 27th SEA Games in December 2013, fielding over 1,200 athletes in 33 of the 37 sports. Its final tally of 86 golds came second only to Thailand.