Preparations on to host 19th ASEAN University Games

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Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the first meeting for holding the 19th ASEAN University Games (AUG) in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The Steering Committee in charge of hosting the 19th ASEAN University Games (AUG) held its first coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the meeting, Vice President U Myint Swe, patron of the Steering Committee, urged the committees and sub-committees to make preparations for teams to be able to participate in and win all the games.
During the meeting, some 15 work committees and 17 sub-committees were formed.
The 19th AUG will be hosted in December this year and will see participants competing across 16 disciplines.
More than 3,100 athletes from 11 countries will participate in the games.
The AUG has been held every two years since 1981. Myanmar participated in the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th games.
The objective of the ASEAN University Games is to strengthen friendship among ASEAN nations through sports, and exchange experiences and culture among students studying in ASEAN universities.
“As a country’s image depends on its sporting ability, it is necessary to ensure fair play in the games,” said Vice President U Myint Swe in his opening address.
The Steering Committee, which was formed with 20 members on 8 February 2018, adopted six tasks, including providing the guidelines for the successful hosting of the 19th ASEAN University Games and coordinating with the ministries concerned to get the buildings and sports grounds ready for the games.
The Steering Committee is also obliged to give guidelines on seeking help from foreign countries, non-governmental organisations and international non-governmental organisations, if necessary, and for holding the opening and closing ceremonies on a grand scale, in accordance with Myanmar traditional culture.
The participants at the meeting reported on the preparations for hosting the 19th ASEAN University Games, the selection of mascots, the motto, types of games and the intensive training being provided to the athletes.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Chairman of the Steering Committee; Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe, Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee;  Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun; and other members of the Steering  Committee.

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