Armed with smartphones, Myanmar e-sports players battle power outages

ESports star Myint was on the cusp of victory when the screens went dark in the Yangon cafe where he competes, costing him thousands of dollars in missed prize-money and denting his reputation. Myanmar’s gaming scene is mushrooming, but frequent power cuts are holding players back in the emerging democracy. “Every time a black-out happens, ...

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Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Sidestepping cowpats and garbage, Myanmar’s only home-grown junior rugby side train on the outskirts of Yangon, preparing to take on children from the city’s...

Wheelie fun: Myanmar celebrates World Bicycle Day

Wheelie fun: Myanmar celebrates World Bicycle Day

Cyclists from around Myanmar took to the streets today for a little celebration of the two-wheeled kind — World Bicycle Day. Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts in Yangon, Bago,...

Body of young climber who fell to death on Mount Phangran recovered

Body of young climber who fell to death on Mount Phangran recovered

The body of 28-year-old Saint Htet, who tragically fell to her death last month only minutes after summiting Kachin State’s Mount Phangran, has been recovered. Rescue operations...

A Roboleague of Their Own: Youth-built robots to face off in Yangon on Saturday

A Roboleague of Their Own: Youth-built robots to face off in Yangon on Saturday

Two years ago, a group of Myanmar youth made a name for themselves at the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington DC, placing 6th out of 157 competing nations....

Woman falls to death after summiting Myanmar peak; companions forced to abandon body

Woman falls to death after summiting Myanmar peak; companions forced to abandon body

It’s been six days since 28-year-old Saint Htet fell some 600 meters to her presumed death on Mount Phangran (or Phangran Razi) in Kachin State, where her companions, unable to...

Disabled Myanmar teen football champ defies the odds

Disabled Myanmar teen football champ defies the odds

Football-obsessed Myanmar teen Kaung Khant Lin roots for Manchester United, worships star Lionel Messi and was honoured as the best player in a recent tournament. But the...

Myanmar skateboarding hits milestone with Philippines SEA qualifiers (VIDEO)

Myanmar skateboarding hits milestone with Philippines SEA qualifiers (VIDEO)

It’s only taken a couple of decades, but Myanmar’s skateboarding scene took another big step toward mainstream relevance this weekend with news that three of the country’s...

Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Yangon’s typically god-awful traffic might (likely will?) get a whole lot worse on Sunday thanks to temporary road closures taking place from 3am-11:30am for the seventh annual...

Viral: K-pop ‘random-play’ flash mob captures imagination of Myanmar youth

Viral: K-pop ‘random-play’ flash mob captures imagination of Myanmar youth

K-pop is kind of a big deal in Myanmar. How big? Since 2013, the majority of international artists to have played concerts here have been K-pop stars – 2NE1 in 2014, BTS in...


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Coconuts Yangon Sports

Western sports are big here, especially football (soccer), but many traditional sports have also survived. There is chinlone, a kind of mix between hacky sack and badminton, and lethwei, Myanmar traditional kickboxing. Lethwei is a brutal affair. Unlike other martial arts in the region, it allows head-butting. Keep your eyes on this section of Coconuts Yangon for all you need to know about sports in Myanmar.