YANGON, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar athletes have every reason to pocket more medals from the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in home land than they had in previous ones.
Myanmar earned only 16 gold medals out of 182 available and was ranked seventh in the medal tally at the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.
Those 16 gold medals came from archery, Judo, Wushu, Traditional Boat Race, Rowing and Sepaktakraw sports.
U Tint San, the President of Myanmar National Sports Committee and Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism and for Sports, urged the national athletes to strive for achieving as many gold medals as a hundred in 27th SEA Games held in Nay Pyi Taw of Myanmar. It is a huge leap compared to the 16 gold medals acquired last two years.
In the 1969 SEA Games Myanmar hosted, Myanmar landed the most golds of 57 and was ranked the first in total medal tally.
It is nonetheless possible that Myanmar will boost their acquisition of gold medals in the 27th SEA Games, given immeasurable preparations Myanmar athletes in each sport are taking, the home soil advantage of the host teams, the inclusion of a few Myanmar traditional sports and the re-participation of Myanmar gold medalists in previous SEA Games,
Myanmar athletes from more than 20 federations have trained for several months in China under the experienced Chinese coaches and instructors, and Wushu among other sports has reached Asian standard though Myanmar Wushu initially suffered from lagging behind the sport's progressing rules and forms.
Huge crowd of Myanmar football fans will fill the stadiums to kindle the spirits of Myanmar side for victory as they flooded their roar and cheers.
Traditional boat race, Myanmar traditional chess and Chinlone are Myanmar local sports in which the host teams will assure to draw gold from all categories they compete.