Rohingya FC tells Leeds to cancel Myanmar tour, play with refugees instead

A founder of the Rohingya Football Club has called on Leeds United to cancel its upcoming visit to Myanmar and schedule friendly matches with the team of Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur instead. Rohingya FC secretary Mohammed Faruk told the South China Morning Post recently that the decision by Leeds United to play two friendly ...

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Leeds United owner defends controversial Myanmar tour

Leeds United owner defends controversial Myanmar tour

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani on Wednesday defended the English club’s controversial tour of Myanmar after criticism from politicians and Amnesty International,...

Leeds United plan to tour crisis-hit Myanmar sparks criticism

Leeds United plan to tour crisis-hit Myanmar sparks criticism

Leeds United will play two friendlies in Myanmar next month as the Championship side looks to build a fanbase in the troubled Southeast Asian country. The tour, which will also...

Rakhine hosts boxing bout as Myanmar shrugs off Rohingya crisis

Rakhine hosts boxing bout as Myanmar shrugs off Rohingya crisis

A boxing-fan tycoon, a venerated monk, and the army lured some of Myanmar’s top fighters to Rakhine State this week in an attempt to show normality is returning after a...

Watch this stirring documentary about MMA fighter Aung La Nsang and his family

Watch this stirring documentary about MMA fighter Aung La Nsang and his family

The main conflict in the life of Kachin-American MMA fighter Aung La Nsang would seem to be between him and his opponents in the ring. A more astute observer might say that in his...

Bangladesh golfer skips Myanmar Open over Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh golfer skips Myanmar Open over Rohingya crisis

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman on Wednesday pulled out of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, citing his support for Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled a military crackdown in...

Street games as Myanmar marks 70 years of independence

Street games as Myanmar marks 70 years of independence

Children clambered up oiled banana stalks as teenagers wrestled for greasy coconuts in street fairs held around Yangon Thursday to celebrate Myanmar’s 70 years of...

Myanmar bodybuilders win gold and silver at international championship

Myanmar bodybuilders win gold and silver at international championship

Two Myanmar bodybuilders won medals at the 9th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Friday. Htun Htun Aung bested competitors from...

Myanmar Football Federation threatens action against Iranian futsal coach who resigned over Rohingya ‘massacre’

Myanmar Football Federation threatens action against Iranian futsal coach who resigned over Rohingya ‘massacre’

The Myanmar Football Federation has threatened to take disciplinary action against the former head coach of the Myanmar futsal team if he does not retract previous statements he...

Kyrgyzstan scraps Myanmar football match over ‘terror’ threat

Kyrgyzstan scraps Myanmar football match over ‘terror’ threat

Muslim-majority Kyrgyzstan on Monday cancelled an international football match with Myanmar over “a potential terror act,” as fears grow for Rohingya Muslims in the...


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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.