The Republic of the Union of Myanmar
State Counsellor Office
Message of Congratulations sent by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the 29th SEA Games Athletes
(22nd August 2017)
I would like to say “Mingalarpar,” to all of you men and women athletes bringing honor to the country by representing Myanmar and competing in various sports in the 29th SEA Games being held in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 19 August to 30 August, 2017.
To our great delight and honour, news and information are coming in continually that our sportsmen are participating in the Games, by representing the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and our people with pure sporting spirit, indomitable zeal and the ASEAN Spirit of Friendship.
On 21st August, at 7:45 am a car accident occurred to the vehicle with the Myanmar Squash Sports team onboard, in which one sportsman and two sportswomen were injured. Fortunately enough, the sportsman was slightly wounded, managing to contest in the game, whereas it has been learnt that the two sportswomen would be able to participate in the games after a few days of rest. This was a great relief for us.
Myanmar U-22 men’s soccer team was defeated by the host team at the group’s last match on 21st August, but it was a great honour for us as Myanmar would progress to the semi-final. The whole nation is encouraging you with great expectations. It is natural that sometimes we win and sometimes we get a learning experience. The greatest reward is to be able to apply physical strength, wisdom and bravery after accumulating new strength and renewed spirits, in the coming matches by reviewing these lessons. I would like you all to lay stress on making efforts to show your best calibre in the midst of the audience with light spirits and well-rested bodies. Our people will also continue to encourage your best efforts.
Taking part in the games while representing the motherland, individual skills, good training, good spirit, and team unity are needed. At the same time, it gives us the opportunity to show the civility and dignity of the athletes of the participating country.
The State and its people are hoping that all of you will be able to uplift our national dignity by exerting your utmost efforts with sporting spirit and ethical sporting behavior, spirit of justice, fairness, purity and noble spirit. I wish to express my deep and firm belief that all of you are trying your very best in these games to fulfill these hopes.
I hereby send my sincere good wishes and message of congratulations to all of you who are bearers of the country’s honor and pray that you would be able to uplift the honor of the country to new heights.
Aung San Suu Kyi