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Nyein Nil Ba

Full name: Nyein Nil Ba
Other name(s): Nyein Kyar Ba
Nickname(s): Tiger
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: November 1, 1923 in Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar
Died: July 8, 1979 in Rangoon, Yangon, Myanmar
Country: MYA Myanmar
Sport: Boxing


Nyein Nil Ba was already a champion boxer by the age of 13, having won Burma’s National School Cup Championship in 1936. After a break during World War II, he resumed his training and began competing internationally for Burma. He was selected to represent his country in the featherweight event at the 1952 Summer Olympics after defeating India’s [Benoy Bose] in a 1951 India-Burma tournament, the latter country’s only victory in the series. At the Games he was eliminated in the first round by [Lech Drogosz] of Poland. He retired as an active competitor in 1956 and became an officially licensed referee with the International Boxing Association, in addition to his position as a trainer with the National Fitness Council, to which he had been appointed in 1954. He trained many boxers at his Golden Tiger Boxing Club and pioneered lethwei, an unarmed Burmese martial art, by formalizing a set of modern rules and regulations and organizing national and international competitions. Outside of boxing he was a painter and a Kyar-Hto champion (a Burmese version of draughts), as well as a sports journalist and author. He died in 1979 after a struggle with colon cancer.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Boxing Men's Featherweight Myanmar MYA 17T

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Boxing Myanmar MYA Round One Match #3 2 1952-07-28 Drogosz (POL) , Nyein (MYA) 0
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