ASEAN sports ministers meet in Myanmar

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NAY PYI TAW, 17 October 2017: ASEAN Ministers of Sports endorsed a number of new initiatives to advance cooperation in sports in ASEAN, including reviving traditional sports and games.

The ministers also concluded more needed to be achieved to improve the  participation of women in sports, and leveraging sports for development of life skills through youth communities and organisations.

The points were the main conclusions of the 4th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports hosted in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, last week.

ASEAN Sports Ministers adopted the ASEAN Work Plan on Sports 2016-2020 and endorsed the plans for 2018 including a survey of ASEAN physical fitness as initiated by Thailand.

There were discussions on how Indonesia and Thailand could pursue the bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2034.

However, on her return to Thailand, the Minister of Tourism and Sports said more discussion was needed on whether the bid would be appropriate for the two countries and cost effective, as it would require a massive investment in sport stadium infrastructure.

The meeting concluded by expressing support for Indonesia, which will host the 18th Asian Games in August 2018.

Taking the chairmanship of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports beginning November 2017 until October 2019, Dr. Myint Htwe, Minister of Health and Sports of the Union Republic of Myanmar affirmed the country’s commitment to deepening ASEAN cooperation on sports. “For the next two years, Myanmar will lead the ASEAN cooperation on sports and I am confident that we can do much to support the greater ASEAN objectives of prosperity, peace and integration through sports,” he said.