“Sports bring people together regardless of their nationality, religion or skin colour” said the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Premitha Bandara Tennakoon while addressing the closing ceremony of the 12th Defence Services Games as the Chief Guest, at the Sugathadasa stadium in Colombo last evening (Nov. 24).
Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne graced the occasion as a guest of honor.
The closing ceremony was organised by the Sri Lanka Air Force. Air Vice Marshal Waruna Gunawardana, Chairman of the organising committee, delivered the welcome address after the observing two minutes of silence in memory of all fallen war heroes.
Chief of Defence Staff General Shavendra Silva, Tri Forces commanders, senior Tri Forces officers and a large number of sportsmen and sportswomen representing the Tri Forces were present in their numbers at the colourful ceremony.
Sri Lanka Army became the overall champions of the 12th Defence Services Games 2022/2023 securing 147 gold medals, 144 silver medals and 122 bronze medals. Sri Lanka Air Force became the runners-up.
The closing ceremony of the Defence Services Games stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of our armed forces, showcasing not only physical prowess but also the unity and resilience that define the brave men and women in uniform.
Amidst the dazzling display of lights and colours, the closing ceremony honoured the achievements of the athletes who have showcased exceptional talent and sportsmanship throughout the 12th Defence Services Games 2022/2023.
Beyond the trophies and accolades, eight freefall para jumpers representing Tri Forces reached the stadium ground from 6,000 feet in the night sky amidst the colourful ceremony symbolizing the triumph of the human spirit.
The Defence Secretary officially declared the conclusion of the ceremony after the Commander of the Air Force symbolically handed over the Defence Services Games Flag to the Commander of the Army, the next organising discipline of the Defence Services Games 2024/2025.