President U Thein Sein hosted a dinner here Saturday to honour victorious athletes for their outstanding achievements at the 28th Southeast Asia Games in Singapore.
Myanmarcompeted in 31 events, winning 69 gold, silver and bronze medals from 15 events.
The president praised the U-23 football team, the women’s football team and other athletes for their display of unyielding spirit in their respective competitions. He also congratulated the men’s U-20 football team for its performance at the recent U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
The president said plans are under way to establish a sports university in the near future, adding to the country’s four schools of sports and physical science.
Myanmar’s hosting of the 27th SEA Games in 2013 marked a new era of sporting competition for the country, encouragingits athletes to reach an international standard, the president said.
The Myanmar U-20 football team was the first ever from the country to qualify for a FIFA World Cup.
President U Thein Sein praised the athletes for earning a reputation for fair play and good sportsmanship throughout the Games.
The U-23 football team secured silver medals, but won the adulation of the country.
“They are champions of our people,” the president noted. He presented certificates of honour and cash awards to outstanding sportspersons.
Gold medalists were awarded a total of K 165 million, silver medalists K 130.5 million and bronze medalists K 83.9 million.
In addition, 26 well-wishers donated K 314 million to the Myanmar Football Federation, and 13 well-wishers K 126 million to Myanmar athletes who took part in the 28th SEA Games.