The closing ceremony of the Defence Services Games – 2018 (DSG) was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Army Indoor Stadium in Panagoda, yesterday (09).
Upon President’s arrival, he was received by sportsmen, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy and Commander of the Air Force in an elegant culturally-rich welcome procession.
The tournament that began in April this year in respective Army, Navy and Air Force establishments, selecting their best of the best in Basketball, Soccer, Kabaddi, Kayaking, Athletics, Netball, Volleyball, Body Building, Weight-Lifting, Rugger, Hockey, Swimming, Water Polo, Shooting, Archery, Boxing, Tennis, etc either as teams or individuals for the final DSG with their best sports personnel was conducted at Welisara, Colombo, Diyagama, Bambalapitiya, Katunayake, Ratmalana and Panagoda.
Brief presentations, made by Air Force Commander, Navy Commander and the Army Commander respectively summarized how servicemen and women contributed to the growth of sports in Sri Lanka and what the DSG means to service personnel, committed to the defence of the country.
Afterwards, the President, flanked by service chiefs gave away a representative segment of awards and trophies to the achievers in the DSG.
To mark the formal conclusion of the Defence Service Games – 2018, the President, read out the closing declaration of the event.
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Kapila Jayampathy, Commander of the Navy Vice AdmiralS.S. Ranasinghe and other Senior Officers present at the occasion.