Sports

Second SEAP Games *

RU Athletes who represented Burma at the Second SEAP Games

Photo provided by Dr. Richard Yu Khin

  • The 2nd SEAP (South East Asia Peninsular) Games was held in Rangoon in December 1961.
  • Aung San Stadium was the main venue for Track & Field and Soccer.
  • Swimming, Diving and Water Polo contests were held at the Amyotha Yay Koo Kan (National Swimming Pool) on U Wisara Road.
  • Dean U Yu Khin
    Chairman of the Sports Promotion Committee.
  • U Tin Maung Swe
    Former Burma Selection for Volleyball
    Secretary of the Sports Promotion Committee.
  • Dr. Ko Ko Lay
    Chairman of the University Sports Council.

Rangoon University Athletes, who represented Burma in the SEAP Games, include :

  • Tun Mra, Kyaw Mra, Soe Mra and Tun Naung (Athletics)
  • Maung Hla and Thida (Badminton)
  • Nyan Min (Basketball)
  • Derek Lynsdale and Aye Kyaw (Swimming)
  • Mao Toon Siong and C. Say Eng (Table Tennis)
  • Joe Ba Maung, Than Lwin and Mu Mu Khin (Tennis)
  • Kyaw Han (Volleyball)
  • Myo Nyunt (Weightlifting)
  • Richard Yu Khin (Yachting)

Athletics

Burma Track & Field Selected for Second SEAP Games

Photo : provided by U Tun Mra

  • In Track and Field, Burma placed first in the medal standings.
  • Tun Mra and Tun Naung won Gold in the 4×100 m relay with Soe Win (Burma Champion) as anchor.
    They also competed in the First SEAP Games in Bangkok in 1959.
  • Tun Mra was interviewed for the Documentary for RU Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
    Captain of RU Track and Field.
    Eldest son of U Shwe Mra.
    He and five younger brothers are Burma Selected.
  • Kyaw Mra (GBNF) won Silver in the Hurdles.
    Later joined SPED and served as National Coach.
    Second son of U Shwe Mra.
  • Soe Mra won the Pole Vault.
    Also won in a subsequent SEAP Games.
    Third son of U Shwe Mra.

Badminton

  • Maung Hla represented Burma since his Moulmein College days
  • Thida was absent at the Photo Shoot

Basketball

  • Nyan Min was absent at the Photo Shoot

Swimming

  • In Swimming, Burma placed first in the medal standings.
  • Tin Maung Ni (former RU Champion, Navy) 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.
    Aye Kyaw joined Burma Navy.
    Derek’s mother is a Professor.

Table Tennis

  • Mao Toon Siong
    National Champion for Singles and Doubles in Table Tennis.
    Competed in SEAP, Asian Games and World Championship
    Joined Mechanical Engineering Department, RIT
    Managed and coached the RIT team which won the Inter-Institute Trophy.
    Later served as National Coach.
  • C Say Eng was absent at the Photo Shoot

Tennis

  • Joe Ba Maung
    National Singles Champion in Tennis.
    National Men’s Doubles Champion with Than Lwin.
    National Mixed Doubles Champion with Sayama Daw Ruby Kha.
    Taught English at RIT.
    Joined Burma Railways.
    Victim of 8-8-88
  • Than Lwin
    Succeeded Joe Ba Maung as the Singles Champion.
  • Mu Mu Khin (Daphne Tha Dok)
    National Ladies Champion
    Later married Than Lwin.

Volleyball

  • Kyaw Han
    Won Gold with the Burma team
    Was absent at the Photo Shoot

Weightlifting

  • Myo Nyunt
    Father : Founding member of Kaya Bala movement in Burma
    Was interviewed for the Documentary for RU Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Yachting

  • Richard Yu Khin
    Won Gold in Yachting with U Maung Maung Lwin (former Weightlifting Champion, Commodore of Rangoon Sailing Club).

Comments

  • U Tun Mra was interviewed by U Tin Nyo and team (BERB) for the RU Sports Documentary for the RU Diamond Jubilee.
    He was Captain of the RU Track and Field.
    He and his two younger brothers and Tun Naung competed in 1st SEAP and 2nd SEAP Games (and more).
  • Edward Maung wrote :
    I remember both SEAP Games in Rangoon.I was about an early teen or a tween during the 1961 SEAPGames in YGN. I remember some of the athletes in the above picture. The three Mra brothers (Tun Mra, Kyaw Mra and Soe Mra, Tun Naung (Noel Tin), Ko Than Lwin ( Tennis). I didn’t know them personally except for Ko Than Lwin. I had seen them in person on a few occasions in my teen years.

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