Army emerged champions at the Defence Services Games that was concluded at Panagoda on 22nd August with President Maithripala Sirisena gracing the occasion as the chief guest.
This is the fifth time that Army are annexing this crown having won it in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 in the nine-year history of the Games. They gathered a total of 120 gold medals, 133 silver medals and 127 bronze medals in all. Navy finished second with 95 gold medals while Air Force claimed 84 gold medals.
The closely-contested 9th DSG 2016, which saw its birth in 2003 as a collective recognition of sports talents of tri-servicemen. Army sportsmen and women emerged champions in 15 games and events (15 Men’s & 7 Women’s), out of a total of 35 in the entire tournament in specific men and women’s categories.
Talents of most-recently recruited Army personnel as well as other young and budding soldiers in many a sphere of sports were distinctive throughout the whole of the tournament.
This year’s DSG was conducted by the Sri Lanka Air Force with the support of other sister services.
Months of competitive sports and events of the tournament after its commencement in March this year saw more than 800 tri-servicemen and 400 women vying closely against one another in many events under the supervision of veterans in the field of specific events.
The vibrant closing ceremony which saw a few of the final athletic events was also the scene of a few colourful military band displays. The evening’s spectacle came to a formal close as President Maithripala Sirisena as the chief guest declared the DSG-2016 closed, followed by recital of the national anthem.
The next edition of the Defence Games will be hosted by the Sri Lanka Army in 2017.