All sports contingent members need to accept the concept that winning in all sports events are concerned with the prestige of the State and people of Myanmar, said Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing at the ceremony to hand over the flag for victory to the Myanmar sports contingent which will compete in the XXXII SEA Games to be held in Cambodia, at Wunna Theikdi Gymnasium B in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
In his address, the Senior General expressed his belief that all athletes would be ready to compete in the XXXII South-East Asian Games to be hosted by Cambodia from 5 to 17 May 2023. The entire people would surely expect the return of the Myanmar sports contingent with victories, he added.
The Senior General stressed the need to try hard to secure victory not only in the SEA Games but in the Asia Olympic Games as well as the World Olympic Games in order to improve the victorious history of the Myanmar sports contingent.
Managers, coaches and athletes should notice that the competition of Myanmar sports contingent representing the whole country in an international sports competition is a significant pride and a chance for uplifting the prestige of the State. All sports contingent members need to accept the concept that winning in all sports events is concerned with the prestige of the State and people of Myanmar.
Outstanding sports athletes are allowed as selected players to compete in international competitions for uplifting prestige of the State as well as their socioeconomic life thanks to their efforts and victories.
The government has been providing cash assistance to veteran athletes above 60 who brought honour to the State. On a monthly basis, the government presents K15.51 million to 230 athletes.
The Senior General said that the flag of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar handed over to the Myanmar sport contingent bound for the XXXII SEA Games represents the State for uplifting the pride of the contingent as well as realizing the national duty. So, athletes need to make utmost efforts in all events so as to hoist the State flag of Myanmar whenever they win.
The Senior General urged all athletes to strive for winning victories in all events with national spirit and pledged to deservedly honour those who secured victories in the competition.
The Senior General presented the flag for victory to Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs U Min Thein Zan.
The Union minister reported on preparations of the sports contingent to compete in the XXXII SEA Games.
The Senior General cordially greeted athletes, managers and coaches and viewed round sports gear to be used in the competition.
Cambodia will host the XXXII Games from 5 to 17 May 2023. The Myanmar sports contingent comprising 341 athletes will participate in 19 sports events in the games. — MNA/TTA