Chinlone, the traditional sport of Myanmar
Chinlone (means “rounded basket” in Myanmar language), also known as a cane-ball, is a traditional sport of Myanmar. The standard size of the ball is 5.75 inches in diameter and using small strips of rattan to weave a Chinlone which has 12 pentagon shaped voids. It is made of rattan and which is not only very light but also springy.
There are three types of Chinlone which are “Pai Kyaw Chin” (two teams play over a net), “Chin Wine” (the players stood in a circle with one player in the middle and toss the ball without falling it to the ground) and “Ta Pin Daing” (solo performance usually by females). The Chinlone Festival focuses on “Chin Wine” and displaying the talent in a form of entertainment for the public.
History of Chinlone
Chinlone has played over 1500 years in Myanmar and which was a kind of entertainment than a sport in ancient days. In 1953, the rulebook for Chinlone was ordered to written by Burmese government to U Ah Yein who is the head of the Burma Athletic Association. The first official Chinlone competition was held at the same year in Rangoon (Yangon). There are also similar sports in Southeast Asian countries such as Da Cau from Vietnam, Kator from Laos, Sepak Raga from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia, Sipa from Philippines and Takraw from Thailand.
The Chinlone festival celebrates annually in Warso (usually in July), the fourth month of the Myanmar lunar calendar, and it held in a small stadium in the compound of Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay. The festival usually lasts for a month and played from 9 am in the morning till midnight everyday. The players and teams from all over the country travel to Mandalay to participate in this festival. The running commentary is made by a commentator and the judges adjudicate the players and teams on their performance.