Now that there’s so much buzz about Vietnam due to the APEC Summit in Hanoi, I just thought it might be timely to highlight a unique sport in neighbouring Myanmar.
Called Chinlone, the goal of this non-competitve sport (or should it be dance?) is to push yourself and your team to attempt extremely difficult moves that keep a small wicker ball in orbit. Sort of like sepak takraw, but the moves are a lot more beautiful and no less demanding than other competitive ball games.
If you watch the awe-inspiring video below, you’ll realise that the Burmese players’ skills may even put Ronaldinho to shame. Some players seem to enter a trance-like state and move in ways that make the experience spiritual. It’s a wonder why Myanmar has not had a successful run in the World Cup so far, but then again, some may argue that the beautiful game is no longer beautiful.