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Myanmar to Participate in Ho Chi Minh Invitational Volleyball Tournament
    2008-10-04 19:54:45     Xinhua
Myanmar volleyball team will take part in the upcoming Ho Chi Minh Sting Cup invitational volleyball tournament in Vietnam next week to make achievement in the 25th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Laos in 2009, according to the Myanmar Volleyball Federation (MVF) on Saturday.

As a preparation for the 25th SEA Games, the Myanmar volleyball team, which is formed with 10 players -- five from national team and five from the youth team triumphing in the Mekong sports meet last month, will attend the Sting Cup tournament, Joint Secretary of the MVF and coach of the Myanmar volleyball team U Nyi Nyi Lwin told Xinhua.

A total of six volleyball teams, two from host Vietnam and one each from Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, will compete in the Ho Chi Minh Sting Cup invitational volleyball tournament slated on Oct. 12-19, and the Myanmar volleyball team will leave for Vietnam next Friday, he said.

Most of the players of the Myanmar national volleyball team have become aged and they will be substituted with the young ones, and many youth volleyball players have been nurtured in the country to get long-term achievement in international tournaments, the MVF Vice-President U Thein Win said last month.

Myanmar volleyball team got silver medal in the Ho Chi Minh invitational volleyball tournament in 2005.

Meanwhile, Myanmar youth volleyball team triumphed after crushing 3-0 each to two Thai youth teams in the youth volleyball competition in the Regulations of Mekong Goodwill Games in Thailand from Sept. 10 to 15.

Myanmar will also compete in two volleyball tournaments this year, Asian Beach Games in Indonesia from Oct. 18 to 25 and Southeast Asian (SEA) Youth Volleyball Tournament in Indonesia in November.

Myanmar youth volleyball team made some achievements in the international competitions in the past. The Myanmar youth volleyball team was crowned three consecutive times in 1992, 1994 and 1996 Southeast Asian (SEA) Volleyball Competition, finishing second in 1998 and third in 2006 editions.
 
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