The 19th ASEAN University Games (AUG) came to a close yesterday as Vice President U Myint Swe delivered a speech at the official closing ceremony held at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw.
List of attendees
Attending the closing ceremony were Union Ministers Dr. Aung Thu, U Ohn Win, U Thein Swe, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Civil Service Board Chairman Dr. Win Thein, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung, ASEAN University Sports Council (AUSC) Chairman Prof. Dato Dr. Hassan Basri Bin Awang Mat Dahan, Commander of the Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Myint Maw, Deputy Ministers U Kyi Min, U Win Maw Tun and Dr. Mya Lay Sein, MPs from the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws, ambassadors and diplomats from foreign embassies in Myanmar, responsible individuals, sports association leaders and members from the competing countries, chairpersons from judge committees, medical experts, international technical officers, judges and jury members who helped to keep the competitions fair, coaches and athletes from the competing teams, members of the media, donors, and enthusiastic sports fans.
Entertainment and procession
Firstly, a selection of famous artists sang ‘Min Thi Naing Ma Lar’, ‘A Chit Har’, ‘Taing Yin Thu Law Kyun Ma’, ‘Byu Har’, and ‘Thint Atwat Manat Phyan’, followed by artistes and students from the Department of Fine Arts and the National University of Arts and Culture who sang and danced to ‘Mingalabar ASEAN’, ‘Myanma A Hla A Ka Ye A Hlyin’ and ‘We are ASEAN’.
Next, flagbearers and marching bands led the way into the stadium as the athletes took their positions corresponding to their country’s rank in the English alphabet, while the announcers called out the number of athletes who participated in the different sports categories and the gold medals they have earned.
Speeches from officials
Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education and Chairman of the 19th AUG Steering Committee, then explained about the closing ceremony and the AUSC Chairman delivered a speech.
Next, Vice President U Myint Swe, in his capacity as patron of the 19th AUG Steering Committee, delivered the closing remarks.
He said, “The 19th ASEAN University Games were held from 10 December to 19 December 2018 with the aim of promoting friendship among South East Asian countries under the theme of “Youth and Friendship”. During the games, athletes from ASEAN universities demonstrated their sporting skills, and established friendship and unity among themselves. In addition, I believe that they had an opportunity to learn about each other’s institutions and culture and traditions.”
“The AUG has created great opportunities for establishing and strengthening understanding, trust and friendship among South East Asian countries. The scenes of athletes from 11 countries including Myanmar, participating in the games with true sporting spirit will remain forever in our hearts.” “I would like to conclude by expressing my sincere thanks to distinguished guests from participating countries; international technical officers and juries who carefully assessed the performances of the athletes; responsible personnel who put all possible effort into making this AUG a success; coaches who provided support in different events; athletes who competed as true sportsmen and sportswomen and as good friends; and spectators from all over the country,” said the Vice President and declared that the 19th ASEAN University Games have been successfully concluded.
Afterwards, the AUSC Flag was lowered from its podium and Dr. Thein Win, steering committee secretary and Director-General of the Department of Higher Education, handed over the flag to the AUSC Chairman.
The flagbearers, marching band and athletes then exited the stadium in an orderly fashion.
The ceremony successfully concluded after artistes and students from the Department of Fine Arts and National University of Arts and Culture performed to the song ‘Pyan Sone Mel’ (Let’s meet again).
—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)