11 December 2018
Myanmar is hosting the 19th ASEAN University Games in Nay Pyi Taw.
The theme for this year AUG is “Youth and Friendship”. Over 2000 athletes from 11 ASEAN member states are competing in 17 types of sport competitions.
More than 400 athletes from the different Universities across Myanmar are taking part in the competitions which are being held at Wunna Theiddhi Sports Ground, NgaLaik Dam and Nay Pyi Taw City Golf Course respectively.
Wushu Player, Sandy Oo said “I am very happy for having a chance to take part in this competition. And I will try my best to bring prestige to the country. Since we are the host country, we need to make more efforts for the audience. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are the major rivals for us. We will try our best to gain the best result.”
As of Monday events, Myanmar grabbed five gold, two silver and 1 bronze medals and topped at the medal tally.
Director-General, Higher Education Department, Dr. Thein Win said “The players have been undergone training since last year. They are also provided with intensive training and camp training. I hope they could grab many wins. They also made up their mind to bring success for the country.”
Coach, Ministry of Health and Sports (Kratedo), Mai Olivia Yin Hua Thaung Tuai said “The players have been trained with the foreign coaches, and I believe they will do their best to bring honour to the nation. Since they have to represent the country, I would like to encourage them to try their best till the last minute of the competition so as to grab many wins for the country.”
The ASEAN University Games is organized by the members of the ASEAN University Sports Council every alternate year. The athletes from the universities of the ASEAN member countries take part in the competition. The very first AUG was held at Chiang Mai of Thailand in 1981.