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Obscure ball game brings Myanmar medal glory

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To purists it is a non-competitive pastime in which beauty outweighs victory, but to others Myanmar's enigmatic ball game chinlone is a source of pride that has already brought the host nation a clutch of gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games. 

This picture taken on December 9, 2013 shows the men's Myanmar team competing with Thailand at the chinlone final of the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Wunna Theikdi indoor stadium in Myanmar's city Naypyidaw

A mesmerising form of keepy-uppy with a cane ball among six players, the sport is one of a welter of disciplines unknown to the wider world but popular within the region.

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