VIRAL: Yangon United players attack referees

A highlight reel from last week’s match between Yangon United and Hanthawaddy United has been viewed almost a million times, but not because of the players’ skills. Instead, the video shows Yangon United players picking fights with referees and getting kicked off the pitch. The footage comes from the General Aung San Shield tournament, held ...

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Myanmar ladies win gold at indoor skydiving championship

Myanmar ladies win gold at indoor skydiving championship

An all-female Myanmar team won six medals, including one gold, at the 1st Asiania Indoor Skydiving Championship in Chongqing, China, which concluded on Sunday. In the two-way...

Explosives to be restricted at Taunggyi fire balloon festival

Explosives to be restricted at Taunggyi fire balloon festival

This year’s fire balloon festival in Taunggyi, Shan State, is expected to be bigger than in previous years, prompting organizers to enact several new safety measures, including...

VIRAL: Burmese guys playing sepak takraw ‘need to be in the World Cup’

VIRAL: Burmese guys playing sepak takraw ‘need to be in the World Cup’

A clip of six guys playing a majestic game of sepak takraw in a village outside Yangon has gone viral on Instagram, accruing more than two million views after it was picked up by...

World Cup fever still raging in Rohingya refugee camps

World Cup fever still raging in Rohingya refugee camps

The World Cup may be over but passion for the game burns bright in the world’s largest refugee camp, where Brazil and Argentina flags still flutter alongside the red and...

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

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...

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...


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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.