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Myanmar’s choice of sports causing friction

NY Times News Service, BANGKOK

Myanmar appears eager to reassure its neighbors that it is ready to host the Games.

U Naw Tawng, a Burmese official quoted on Myanmar’s official Games Web site, predicted that the Games would be better than those held in 2011 in Indonesia.

Myanmar has played host to the Games twice — in 1961 and 1969 — but this is the first time the Games are to be held in the nation since the brutal suppression of the democracy movement, including a bloody crackdown in 1988.

The country is in the middle of a wrenching transition from military rule to democracy led by Burmese President Thein Sein, who heads the country’s first civilian government in five decades.

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