Chinloe: The 1500 year old sport with no winner

Now the traditional sport of Myanmar, Chinlone, meaning “rounded basket”, is a sport that has no winner. Teams take turns keeping a woven, wicker ball from touching the ground using their feet and legs.

The objective is to perform the most fluid movements with the proper body positioning. In this way, chinlone is often compared to dance. Once played by Burmese kings, the sport is over 1,500 years old and is thought to have inspired the game of hacky sack.

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By H.W. Watts and F.A.E. Skeen (Yangon Heritage Trust [1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons