Updated on March 12, 2019

  • 2nd SEAP Games
  • Champions
  • Aung San Stadium
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Olympics

2nd SEAP Games

The 2nd SEAP Games was held in Rangoon in December 1961. Aung San Stadium was the main venue.

About 20 University Students represented Burma in the Games.

In Track and Field, Burma placed first in the medal standings. Tun Mra won a Gold in the 4×100 m relay with Soe Aung (Burma Champion) as anchor. Kyaw Mra won the Hurdles. Soe Mra won the Pole Vault. Tun Mra, Kyaw Mra and Soe Mra are the sons of U Shwe Mra.

In Swimming, Burma placed first in the medal standings. Tin Maung Ni won 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m freestyle relay, and 4×100 medley relay. His team mates won the other events. Aye Kyaw (cousin of Dr. Hla Yee Yee) and Derek Lynsdale represented Burma in swimming.

Richard Yu Khin won Gold in Yachting.

Mu Mu Khin (Daphne Tha Dok, Tennis) later married Than Lwin (Tennis).

Mao Toon Siong was Burma Champion for Singles and Doubles in Table Tennis. He later served as National Coach.

Photo : Richard Yu Khin

University Athletes for 2nd SEAP Games 


Suk Bahadhur played soccer for Shan States, Army and Burma. He was Captain of the Burma Selected. He was also chosen as a Asian All Star.

Tin Maung Ni swam for Rangoon University, Navy and Burma. He won several Gold Medals at the SEAP Games.

Joe Ba Maung was Burma Singles Champion in Tennis. He was Burma Doubles Champion with Than Lwin, who succeeded him as Singles Champion.

Maung Maung Lay (Ah Pu Lay) was Burma Singles Champion in Tennis. He was Burma Doubles Champion with Than Htut.

Myee Tun Naw was Burma and SEAP Champion for Marathon.

Shigan Bum was Burma and SEAP Champion for 5000 and 10000 meters. He succeeded Myee Tun Naw as Marathon Champion.

Jimmy Crampton was Burma and SEAP Champion for 1500 meters.

Saya Mao Toon Siong (M62) was Burma Singles and Doubles Champion in Table Tennis. He represented Burma in SEAP, Asian Games and Wold Championship. He served as Coach of the National Table Tennis team.

Thein Myint and Tin Tun are Burma Boxing Champions. They represented Burma in SEAP, Asian Games and Olympics.

Gracie Carr, Ma Tin Pu, Ma Khin Htay, and Jennifer Tin Lay are Burma Champions in Track and Field.

Ba Than Nyunt wrote :

(U) Tin Maung Ni won Gold medals not only in SEAP games but also in two successive Asian Games. If my recall is right, he is from Bhan Maw, Kachin State.

KMZ wrote :

Jimmy Crampton is an OP, Old Paulian. If my memory serves me one of his running partners was non other than our own Dr. Rafiul Ahad, ex-UCC.

Dr. Richard Yu Khin wrote :

I was on the swim team with Tin Maung Ni who is a gentleman. Ten of us were trained by Mr. Matsuda who was on the Japanese national swim team. Mr. Matsuda was manager of a Japanese company in Rangoon. He made us swim six 50 metres sprints, with one minute interval. The time difference for the 1st and 6th sprints — the decline curve should be limited. This was the first time we had scientific training in swimming. Tin Maung Ni was the only Asian, other than Japanese, to win a gold medal in swimming at the Asian Games. The US Embassy provided a goodwill tour of USA for Tin Maung Ni. He is from the Kachin State.

Aung San Stadium

Burma Athletics Association (BAA) has a stadium for Athletics and Soccer.

The stadium was renamed Aung San Stadium to honor Bogyoke.

We had to march with the Marching Band from St. Paul’s High School (SPHS) to the Aung San stadium to perform Drill as part of the “Education Day” Celebrations. Dennis Stevens (brother of my classmate George Stevens) played the Big Drum. Twin brothers Bo Kyi and Bo Kyi were the drummers. Jerry Hin Hwa, Orlando Thein, Win Maung and Bernard Taylor played selected musical instruments.

Football (Soccer)

Outstanding Footballers include :

  • Suk Bahadhur
  • Hla Htay
  • Vernon Stiles (Tin Tun)
  • Ko Ko Gyi
  • Pe Khin
  • Htoo War
  • Tin Aung Moe
  • Maung Maung (Navy)
  • Maung Maung (RU)
  • Aye Maung (PWD)
  • Aye Maung (BAF)
  • Hla Tin (Kee)
  • Gwan Shein (SPED)
  • Collegian Nay Win
  • Tun Kyi
  • Kenneth Shein
  • Tun Wain
  • Than Soe (Suttee)
  • Tin Aung
  • Kyaw Min
  • Khin Maung Tun
  • Auro
  • Gale
  • Tin Han

Burma produced Asian Selected including Suk Bahadur, Maung Maung, and Goalkeepers — Khin Maung Tun and Tin Aung.

The First Division matches are played at Aung San Stadium. The teams include Rangoon University, Burma Railways, Customs, Army, Navy and several others. The bottom teams in the League get relegated to Second Division the following year.

My uncle U Win Tin (GBNF) would take me to watch soccer matches.

We watched selected matches (e.g. Dunlop Trophy) and some International matches (e.g. 2nd SEAP Games).

The Northern and Southern Stands cost about fifty pyas, but they provided limited scope and vision. But, they have roofs.

Grand Stand costs about five kyats. It would be a rare treat to watch from the Grand Stand (especially near the center line).

The Open Stand opposite the Grand Stand is a good compromise for about K1.50. We had to carry umbrella or wear raincoat for matches during the Rainy Season.

The Inter State and Division (ISD) Soccer tournament was established in 1952. Shan States with Suk Bahadhur won the inaugural tournamentme ISD Champions.

Mandalay (with Ba Pu), Tennessarim (with Ko Ko Gyi), Irrawaddy (with Hla Htay) became Contenders and/or Champions. Many players were recruited by the First Division teams and some became Burma Selected.

Swimming and Diving

Male Swimmers

  • Tin Maung Ni
  • Mya Thee
  • Maung Kyi
  • Aung Than
  • Nyunt Soe
  • Chit Soe
  • Oscar Thwin
  • Derek Lynsdale
  • Aye Kyaw
  • Willie Huie
  • Richard Yu Khin
  • Htay Aung
  • Nanda Kyaw Zwar

Female Swimmers

  • Sally Soe
  • Mary Soe
  • Elizabeth Smythe
  • Marlar Swe
  • Polly Ba San (Polly Win)
  • Sylvia Thwin


  • Thet Win
  • Philip Smythe
  • William Smythe

Dr. Richard Yu Khin wrote :

Swimmers trained by Mr. Matsuda in 1959 include Derek Lynsdale (backstroke), Aye Kyaw (Hla Yee Yee’s cousin) and Willie Huie (breast-stroke). A few years ago saw photo of Thet Win at Kokine Swimming Club, and Aung Than who is working as swim coach in Bangkok. Derek Lynsdale’s mother was a Lecturer at Rangoon University who moved to a university in East Africa subsequent to military coup in 1962. Aye Kyaw was Tin Maung Ni’s deputy in the Burma Navy.


  • Joe Ba Maung
  • Than Lwin
  • Tin Si
  • Khin Si
  • Pe Than Maung
  • Thein Tun (Robert)
  • Biak Cin
  • Maung Maung Lay (Ah Pu Lay)
  • Than Htut
  • Aung Htay
  • Khin Maung Aye
  • Mu Mu Khin (Daphne Tha Dok)
  • Joy Hla Pe
  • Jacqueline Tun Shwe


Dr. Harry Saing on the right


Old members of RUBC (Rangoon University Boat Club) are fondly known as Old Crocs (or Crocodiles).

When RUBC was destroyed due to the ravages of war, the Old Crocs rebuilt the Club and provided physical, financial and spiritual support to the members to compete against the best from neighboring countries.

During our younger days, there is an “Old Members Race” at the Monsoon and Annual Regattas. The contestants range from young Old Members to the iconic Past Champions.

The Old Crocs have their mini-reunions where ever possible. They also share memories of the precious photos (e.g. of U Chan Tha, Jimmy Saw Lwin, …)

U San Maung

U San Maung (Gerald, GBNF) is a Past Secretary and RUBC Gold. He is the elder brother of U Yan Shin (Hardy). He would find time from his work as Production Manager of “Amotha Yoke Shin”, and come down to RUBC to mentor the members (especially the aspiring Golds). He would mandate “fixed tub” practice for the members.

Dr. Htut Saing

Dr. Htut Saing (Harry, GBNF) is Past Captain and Gold of RUBC. He won ARAE events twice :

  • the Venables Bowl for Coxless Pairs at the 1958 ARAE Regatta in Calcutta with U Tin Htoon (A60)
  • the Willingdon Trophy for Coxed Fours in the 1960 ARAE Regatta in Colombo with U Tin Htoon (A60), Sunny Teng (relocated to Canada), Victor Htun Shein (GBNF) and U Sein Htoon (M63, Cox)

He usually rowed as Box on the RUBC crews. As an exception, he served as Timing Stroke and Coach for the RUBC Eights in 1962. U Win Kyi (RUBC Gold, son of Miss Hong Kong (Ms. Amelia Kyi) rowed as No. (7). There were seven new Golds in that crew : Myo Tin (William), Htain Linn and Mehm Myo Thaung (Maurice) for the Stroke side, Myo Myint (EC67), Oung Kyaing and Thein Aung (Micky Tan) for the Bow side and Tin Aung (Victor Wu, Cox).

Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick, Past Secretary and Gold of RUBC) and Dr. Htut Saing (Harry) are Pediatric surgeons at the Rangoon Children Hospital. They are known for operating on Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San.

Dr. Htut Saing continued working and teaching in Hong Kong. He became Patron of the Hong Kong Rowing and Sailing Club. He would fully support the RUBC crews competing in the FEARA Regatta in Hong Kong.


U Tin U, U Maung Maung Than Tun, Saya U Tin Htut, Saya Dr. Than Nyunt (George), U Tin Htoon, Dr. Donald Chan, U Tun Shein (Willie), U Tun Aung (George), U Sein Htoon, Dr. Tin Wa, U Myo Myint, U Thura Thant Zin, U Htaik San (Henry), and several Old Crocs attended Regattas (especially the 90th Anniversary of the founding of RUBC).

Most of them contributed articles, photos and financial support for printing the commemorative issue, and for reprinting Sir Aurthur Eggar’s biography.

Sad to note that there was some disjoint between the really young members (who are busy with the competitions) and the really Old Members (especially who travel from abroad to attend the events).

Hope YUBC members have better rapport with the Old Crocs.



Modern Olympics was a revival of the ancient games held every four years at Olympia.

The four year interval is called an Olympiad. The ancient Greeks use Olympiad instead of years when describing dates.

Pierre de Coubertin created the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894.

IOC selects a city or cities to hold the Summer Olympics and the Winter Olympics. The two Olympics are interlaced.

Drama in the Olympics

Summer Olympics has its share of drama.

The 1936 Summer Olympics was held in Berlin and was attended by Adolf Hitler (who promoted the supremacy of the Aryan race). Jesse Owens, a black athlete from the USA, won four Gold medals : 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay, and Long Jump.

The drama occurred in the Long Jump event. Jesse Owens was having some problems in the Long Jump when the German competitor Lang advised him to leave about six inches gap behind the broad to prevent overstepping and getting disqualified. Jesse took the advice, regained his poise and went on to win the Long Jump Gold. It was a mark of true sportsmanship.

1972 Olympics in Munich saw both good and bad.

Mark Spitz (USA) won seven Gold medals in swimming : 100m & 200m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Butterfly, 4 x 100m Freestyle relay, 4 x 200m Freestyle relay, and 4 x 100 Medley relay. He saved energy by not competing in the trials for selected relay events.

Olga Kolburt (USSR) was awarded a couple of Perfect Ten in Gymnastics.

Eleven Israeli athletes were kidnapped (shown live on TV) and murdered by Black September. Mossad took several years to track down and decimate Black September.

USA boycotted the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow.

USSR retaliated with a boycott of the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles.


Some Olympians went on to have illustrious careers.

Johnny Weissmuller, swimming champion, gained fame as Tarzan in the movies.

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion, went on to become Mohammad Ali, three time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

Media Coverage

During my SPHS days, there was no television in Burma. I received a ticket from Brother Austin as a prize to see the “1960 Rome Olympics” documentary at Thamada (President) cinema.

I was in the UK and was fortunate to see the 1972 Munich Olympics on a Color television.

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