This past weekend, Myanmar, also known as Burma, hosted an international marathon.
Consider it a kind of "warm-up." In December, the nation is due to host the South East Asian Games. Those games take place every two years.
The host nation is always given some latitude when it comes to the events. But Burma is under fire for wanting to localize the sporting line-up a bit too much.
For instance, Burmese officials want to include chinlone, a game that is maybe best described as a mix of soccer, hacky-sack and tai chi.
Canadian filmmaker Greg Hamilton has done a documentary about chinlone called "Mystic Ball."