REPORTING FROM MYANMAR
There is no Singapore national chinlone team. In fact, there may not be any chinlone players in Singapore to begin with.
But that didn’t stop the republic from gamely sending its sepak takraw team to take part in the traditional Burmese sport at the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar on Wednesday.
The six-man team from Singapore was promptly kicked out in the preliminary rounds by neighbours Malaysia, losing all three sets 50-79, 55-85 and 51-82 in an overall 156-246 beating.
A valiant effort and not bad at all for their first time ever competing, according to captain Muhammad Magrib.
“Some of us only tried it three hours before the game,” said the striker. “The Myanmar people didn’t expect us to score above 100 points even.”
Granted, chinlone – which is making its SEA Games debut – bears similarities to sepak takraw, with both employing the lower limbs to move the same rattan ball.
But the thousand-year-old sport does not involve a net nor direct competition with anotherRead More »from Singapore attempts chinlone at SEA Games, goes down fighting to Malaysia