Chin Karate Champion to Represent Burma in Japan
08 October 2011: Burma’s female karate champion, Mai Yinhwa Thawng Luai aka Siang Kip is to attend the Asian Youth Sports Leaders summit in Japan as one of the two representatives of Burma sports in late this month.
The Chin karate medalist, along with Ma Soe Soe Mya, of Karenni ethnicity, will arrive for the second time in Japan on 26 October, representing Burma at a 10-day meeting, according to an interview by the Chin World Media.
Based in Mandalay, Mai Yinhwa Thawng Luai is now in Rangoon to prepare for the upcoming meeting in Japan, where representatives from Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taipei, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, and Cambodia will also attend.
Last year, she was awarded the best female karate player of Burma in the years 2000-2010 and also won four gold medals in 2010 for the Ministry of Sports.
When asked if she is now retired from fighting in a competition, Mai Siang Kip told the Chin World Media that she is thinking, as requested, to participate in the Southeast Asian Karate Competition to be held in Naypyidaw in 2013.
Being introduced and taught at the age of 9 by her father, Mai Thawng Luai first took part in a karate competition held in Chin State in 1994, winning the first prize.
“At first, I sort of lost my interest in karate, especially when my two brothers beat me up in the fight. But after being encouraged by my father, I continued my training. I have never thought that I would ever present the whole country,” the Chin karate expert told Chin World Media.
Born in Falam town, Chin State to Salai Thawng Luai Mang, a karate expert, and Pi Mang Hlei Tial, a school teacher, Mai Yinhwa Thawng Luai is now Sports Officer at the Institute of Sports and Physical Education and Karate Instructor in Mandalay.
Van Biak Thang