Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presented awards to winners and coaches in the 11th ASEAN Para Games, the International Army Games-2022 and the 3rd World Cadet Games-2022 at the parlour of Zeyathiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
Securing victories in international sports competitions means protecting the State
In his speech, the Senior General said the Tatmadaw sets a target to build the powerful, capable modern patriotic armed forces in order to effectively and sharply serve the State defence duty.
Sport shows health and fitness, perseverance, diligence and unity of a country or an ethnic. The Senior General expressed his acknowledgement, taking pride in a patriotic spirit and the spirit of defending the State of the athletes who competed in the sports contests.
In the 11th ASEAN Para Games held from 30 July to 6 August 2022 in Indonesia, Myanmar athletes bagged 14 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals in track and field, swimming, weightlifting, archery and football events, totalling 43. Among them, nine Tatmadaw member athletes won five gold, four silver and nine bronze medals in the games.
This year, athletes from 37 countries competed in the International Army Games held in Russia. Myanmar also took part in the tank biathlon, sniper frontier, military medical relay race, emergency area and the army of culture.
Tank troops of Myanmar Tatmadaw stood in 16th position among 22 teams in the tank biathlon (division-2) in 2018, 5th position in 2019, 4th position in 2020, 3rd position in 2021 and 1st position in 2022. Moreover, Myanmar military athletes secured the third position in teamwise sniper frontier and third in the individual event, taking the fourth position whereas athletes won the persevere award in the military medical relay race. In addition, Myanmar secured the first prize in the musical instrument playing contest, first in dual singing, second in female individual singing, third in traditional dance, first in the people’s choice award, third in the cultural show, and the best prize in the cultural display, first in traditional costume event and the award to sustain the military relations.
This year, Myanmar won the first prize in the individual rifle rapid fire, second in teamwise rifle rapid fire, third in pistol precise fire and third in teamwise pistol rapid fire, taking 8th position in the 3rd World Cadet Games.
Taking special pride in winning awards
The Senior General noted that the Tatmadaw members need to recognize that victories in international sports competitions and international military games are to uplift the prestige of the Tatmadaw and the State. Hence, the victorious athletes need to build themselves to have greater victories for the State and hand over the legacy of their brilliant victories to new generations.
Awarding honorary certificates, documents and cash awards
The Senior General presented honorary certificates and cash awards to victorious winners in the 11th ASEAN Para Games and tank biathlon (division-2) of the International Army Games-2022 respectively.
The Vice-Chairman of SAC Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) presented honorary certificates and cash awards to winners in the 11th ASEAN Para Games and the International Army Games-2022 respectively.
Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Maung Maung Aye, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Moe Aung, Adjutant-General Lt-Gen Myo Zaw Thein and Quartermaster-General Lt-Gen Kyaw Swa Lin presented honorary certificates and cash awards to winners and coaches in the 11th ASEAN Para Games, the International Army Games-2022 and the 3rd World Cadet Games-2022 respectively.
The Senior General hosted the winners with a tea party at which the Myawady entertainment troupe performed songs. After the ceremony, the Senior General and party cordially greeted the winners and coaches. — MNA