Sports can co-exist with Studies

For archive (Updated on February 10, 2019)

Once upon a time, Burma was known as the power house of athletics, swimming and boxing in the SEAP games.

Burma placed first in the 2nd SEAP Games held in Rangoon, Burma.

Some went on to compete in Asia and in the Olympics.

Male Stars

  • Myee Tone Naw (Marathon)
  • Shim bwe gam (10K and Marathon)
  • Ko Soe Aung (sprint & relay)
  • Ko Kyaw Mra (hurdles)
  • Ko Soe Mra & Ko Maung Maung Mra (pole vault)
  • Ko Jimmy Crampton (800m, 1500m)

Female Stars

  • Gracie Carr (100m and long jump)
  • Jennifer Tin Lay (javelin and shot put)
  • Ma Weik Pan (Marathon)

Early days

In the early days, there were T&F competitions as part of the Annual Sports (e.g. in SPHS), Inter-school Tournaments.

Some (e.g. Ko Jimmy Crampton) went on to shine as a Burma Selected.

Some (e.g. Ko Kyaw Mra and Ko Kyaw Khin) went on to become National Coaches.


It is sad to learn that many students would not (or could not) give some time to train and excel in sports in addition to being good in their studies.

Excel in both Sports and Studies

In the early days, there were several people who were excellent in their studies and in their hobby sports.

Dr. Harry Saing

Dr. Thein Toe and Dr. Harry Saing

For example, Dr. Htut Saing (Harry Saing, Pediatric Surgeon at Children’s Hospital and in Hong Kong) served as Captain of RUBC. He won with U Tin Htoon (A60) the Venables Bowl for Coxless Pairs in 1958 ARAE Regatta in Calcutta. He won with U Victor Htun Shein, U Sunny Teng, U Tin Htoon (A60) and U Sein Htoon (M63) the Willingdon Trophy for Coxed Fours in the 1960 ARAE Regatta in Colombo. He is Burma Selected in Hockey and Cricket, and represented the Faculty of Medicine in T&F and soccer. He assisted Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick San Pe, Pediatric Surgeon, Past Captain and Gold of RUBC) for the first ever operation in Burma to separate conjoined twins (Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San). He later taught at the University of Hong Kong, and also served as a Patron for the Hong Kong Rowing Club. Per his wishes, his ashes were scattered in the waters near the Hong Kong Rowing Club.

Class of 69

Even in our days, there were several people who were good in sports and studies.

  • Ko Htay Aung (M69) : swimming and water polo
  • Sai Kham Pan (EP69) : badminton

The Class of 69 was represented in RIT and/or Inter-Institute by the following :

Rowing : Ko Hla Min, Ko Chit Po Po, Ko Sein Myint, Ko Win Naing (Dicky)

Soccer : Ko Myo Nyunt

Swimming and Water Polo : Ko Htay Aung, Ko Moe Hein, Ko Jimmy Kyin, Ko Han Sein, Ko Sein Myint

Volleyball : Saw Edison

Track and Field : Ko Aung Gyi Shwe, Ma Khin Than Myint

Basketball : Ko Soe Win, Ko Tommy

Table Tennis : Ko Tin Myint

Class of 70

The Class of 70 was represented in RIT and/or Inter-Institute by the following :

source : Ko Ohn Khine (M70) and Ko Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70)

Sai Thein Maung (100m, Triple Jump, RIT Goalkeeper, organizer of Intake of 64 & 65)

Shein Kee Gae GBNF Track & Field (Long Distance runner)

Saw Mg Mg Htwe Track & Field (ran a challenge race in Mandalay early this year)

Oo Myint (Mn) Track & Field

Win Naing Track & Field

Ma Lei Lei Chit (Ch) Track & Field

Ma Nan Khaming (A) Track & Field

Maung Maung Thaw (E) Track & Field, and Boxing

Other Classes

Ko Aung Khin (M66) is a multiple-sports athlete. He won the Inter-Institute High Jump by beating the Burma selected from RASU. He also represented RIT in soccer, volley ball, basketball, hiking …

Ko Khin Maung Lay (Henry, T68), Ko Victor Aung Myin (M72) … are also star athletes.

Following sports

Before the advent of TV and the Internet, one has to follow sports via radio and newspapers.

I won a ticket from my “Morals and Manners” class teacher to see 1960 Rome Olympics Documentary at Thamada (President) Cinema. Armin Harry (Germany) won the 100m and 200m. Rafer Johnson (US) won the Decathlon. Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia) won the Marathon while running bare foot. He would successfully defend his title in 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

I was able to watch the 1972 Munich Olympics on a color TV.

Fast forward.

Usain Bolt retired as the “fastest man”.

Hope we will see well-rounded student athletes in Myanmar again.

Ko Aung Win (C87) wrote :

Jennifer Tin Lay is still working as sport instructor in International School Myanmar near my home.

Teachers of Myanmar (mostly female teachers) cannot guide students to do sports activities. Hardly expect again for well-rounded student athletes.

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