Myanmar hosted the 11th Asian Men’s U-19 Volleyball Championship at Wunna Theikdi indoor stadium in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with the opening ceremony at 10:30am.
Dr Myint Htwe, Minister for Health and Sports, visited the tournament’s opening ceremony and Myanmar Volleyball Federation Chairman U Tun Myint Naing explained the competition.
The Union Minister for Health and Sports greeted and presented certificates of honour to the competitors from Australia, Korea, Bangladesh, Iran, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, China, China (Taipei), Hong Kong and Myanmar.
The opening match in the event featured Myanmar vs Hong Kong, in which Myanmar defeated Hong Kong 3-0.
A news conference by the 11th Asian Men’s U-19 Volleyball Championship was held at 1:30 pm at Wunna Theikdi indoor stadium. Vice chairman of the Myanmar Volleyball Federation (MVF) U Thein Win, technical advisor of MVF U Tin Maung Aye and officials from the Asian Volleyball Confederation explained the aims of the Asian Men’s U-19 Volleyball Championship to reporters.
“This is the third time Myanmar has hosted an international volleyball tournament, and the MVF has also continuously hosted Asian-level competitions” U Thein Win said.
“We have held township-level, district-level, regional and state-level volleyball tournaments as well as Ministry-level volleyball tournaments to produce a new generation of qualified volleyball players. We held similar competitions in Ngwe Saung, Inle and Pyinmana,” officials said at the press conference.
The event began yesterday and will continue until 5 April at Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The 11th Asian Men Under-19 volleyball championship tourney is an important event for the World U-19 Men’s U-19 Volleyball Championship, which will be held in Bahrain in August.
Thura Zaw (MNA)