Myanmar to compete three international rowing tournaments before SEA Games

UPDATED: 14:18, June 25, 2007

Myanmar rowing team will participate in three international rowing championships within next three months as a preparation for the 24th Southeast Asian ( SEA) Games, according to the Myanmar Rowing and Canoeing Federation (MRCF) Monday.

Aiming to get more international competing experiences for pocketing more medals in the upcoming 24th SEA Games, the Myanmar rowing team will take part in the World Canoe Kayak Championship in Duisburg in Germany and International Junior Rowing Championship in Munich in Germany in August and Asian Canoe Kayak Championship in South Korea in September, the MRCF said.

Meanwhile, to commemorate the Olympic Day Run 2007, the MRCF Chairman's Cup National Rowing Championship was held at the Inya Lake here middle of this month aimed at energing outstanding and new generation rowers in the country and getting assistance for the Myanmar selected rowers who have been preparing for the 24th SEA Games.

The MRCF Chairman's Cup rowing championship, participated by over 100 rowers comprising Myanmar selected and new generation rowers from 23 teams in the whole country, included international rowing, Myanmar traditional rowing and Canoe Kayak rowing competitions, totaling 24 events.

The Myanmar selected rowing team, which includes 88 rowers, has been camped since July last year to triumph in the 24th SEA Games in Thailand in December, the MRCF said.

Myanmar hired two foreign coaches, German Joern Grosskopf and Russian Dr. Polykov Boris, in January and May this year respectively to handle the Myanmar rowing team up to the end of the 24th SEA Games, it added.

The Myanmar rowing team got 12 medals -- two gold, five silver and five bronze, in the 23rd SEA Games in Philippines in 2005.

The MRCF, which was renamed in 1993 from the Myanmar Rowing Federation founded in 1989, has participated over 65 times in the home and abroad international rowing competitions including Southeast Asian, Asian and World classes, winning 185 gold, 133 silver and 51 bronze medals since 1990.

The MRCF has taken part in the SEA Games eight times since the 16th SEA Games in the Philippines in 1991 and has pocketed 13 gold, 53 silver and 21 bronze medals.

Source: Xinhua

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