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Myanmar Mixed-Martial Arts Star Sick With COVID-19 in US

By Zarni Mann 3 July 2020

Mandalay – Aung La Nsang, the Florida-based mixed-martial arts fighter known as the Burmese Python, says he has caught COVID-19.

As the US reported more than 2,837,000 cases of COVID-19 and 131,485 deaths, Aung La Nsang, who was born in Myanmar but has US citizenship and lives in Florida, said he was sick and had tested positive.

“I had a slight fever, congestion, body ache and fatigue on the first two days. Besides that, I am blessed that my whole family is doing well. We are really in this together and we will get over this,” Aung La Nsang wrote on Facebook. He said he would be in quarantine for 14 days.

The ethnically Kachin Aung La Nsang has been hugely popular among mixed-martial-arts fans in Myanmar since 2016 after a series of victories. He signed to the ONE Championship and won the middleweight and light-heavyweight championships.

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing have praised him for boosting national pride.

His Facebook post was widely circulated, prompting many fans to send their best wishes and prayers for his recovery.

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