WITH the support of the major
sponsors, MPRL E&P Pte Ltd,
Bangkok Bank Ltd., and the Myanmar
Yacht Federation (MYF),
Myanmar will host Optimist
Asian & Oceanian Championship
(OAOC) in Ngwehsaun Beach,
Ayeyawady Region from November
10 to 17 during this year.
A total of 130 young athletes from 16 countries—Australia, Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taipei, Thailand and the USA.
The competition brings young sailors from all over Asia, Oceania, and North America to compete in the optimists, small singlehanded dinghies for youngsters under 15 years old. The Optimist Class Boat is the gateway for young sailors to start their Olympic careers in various types of sail boats which range from singlehanded to double handed classes.
“We are humbled to host such a prestigious international regatta and very proud of the fact that this will be one of the largest international sporting events to be held in Myanmar. Our young athletes have been working extremely hard and I am confident they will make their country proud,” said U Phone Kyaw Moe Myint, Vice President of the Myanmar Yachting Federation (MYF).
U Phone Kyaw Moe Myint added, “I had to travel to the Optimist World Championships in Portugal back in 2016 to bid against Oman, Korea and the UAE but thankfully Myanmar won the bid! It has been two long years for the Myanmar Yachting Federation to prepare for this prestigious regatta and it’s time to put Myanmar back on the international arena”.
The Myanmar team counts 10 boys and 8 girls whose average age is 12 years old with the youngest being only 11 years of age. Myanmar hired Juan Ignacio Mazzini, the national coach from Argentina. The competition will be the third and largest international event to be held in Myanmar following the 2013 SEA Games Sailing Event and the Myanmar Wave Rider Cup in 2015.