Myanma Lethwei to grab Mixed Martial Arts contests in near future

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Myanmar Lethwei stars Tun Tun Min (left) and Shwe Raman (right).  Photo: Ko Thar Gyi

As traditional Bamar boxing (Myanma Lethwei) has passed down, the combat has the potential in order to become famous in international martial arts due to its compact structure, which is of particular interest to foreigners, mixed martial arts analysts said.
The success of the sports is one of the fundamental causes of the country’s development.
Myanmar has adopted the traditional combat, and at one time, it was considering reaching the global stage, officials said.
“There are foreigners who see that Myanmar Lethwei is complete than other martial arts. Therefore, we need to have better policies to develop Myanmar Lethwei. We also need to introduce Myanma Lethwei to developed countries as part of their sports sector.
Myanma Lethwei is harder than any other martial arts. It will be challenging to enter the Olympics because the Olympics highlights natural sport types. However, I see the potential of Lethwei to be a king in martial arts,” said Tati Yoe Lethwei Group leader U Win Zin Oo.
Can express national honour
Just as the state produces national athletes, professional athletes bring honour to the country.
By holding more professional competitions like Myanma Lethwei Golden Belt Tournament that can be attended by new generations from respective states and regions, brutal combat sport will be able to show the glory of the country by competing against foreign events in a standard way.
May become famous
Due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Myanma Traditional Lethwei tournaments has been suspended in Yangon since early December 2020 after a bout between Tun Tun Min and Raman.
According to the analysis of Myanmar Lethwei specialists, traditional Lethwei may one day become famous in international martial arts competitions. — Nyein Thu/GNLM

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