I have come to the stadium thanks to Max Horsley, a British travel specialist who has been living in Rangoon since 2005. We are accompanied by Horsley’s kickboxing instructor, a young champion.
To one side is a section marked VVIP. Behind the guard sits a single man surrounded by empty seats. I am told he is an official associated with Burma’s ruling military junta, who have had pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest since May 2003. The official looks my way. I try my luck and motion to take a photograph. He nods, smiles, and leans back in his seat; for all the world he looks like any other man out on a Sunday afternoon to watch his favorite sport. More>>