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'Defence Services Games' Ends With New Records

The closing ceremony and presentation of awards to the winners in the Defence Services Games 2014 took place Wednesday (5) evening at Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo.

The final ceremony had all the hallmarks of a cultural pageant and a show of sports talents as musical bands and dancers of the tri-services lined up after the final athletic events came to an end. Taekwondo and Physical Training Drills, Cultural Performances and Sounding of Drums added entertainment and variety to the flow of the day’s sequence of events.

Presentation of awards, which was the apex of the whole event which started as a tournament, back in May this year, commenced afterwards as distinguished invitees headed by General Jagath Jayasuriya, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Army, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, Commander of the Navy and Air Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke, Commander of the Air Force joined the main stage. Multi-coloured tri-service bands and parades attracted the attention of the audience and entertained the gathering.

Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake awarded the trophies and shields to the winners of Kabaddi, Karate, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Shooting and Squash. Commanders of the Navy and Air Force also joined for distribution of awards.

Sri Lanka Navy with the highest number of gold medals became the champions of the tournament.  Sri Lanka Air Force bagged the second highest number of gold medals. The Army with 82 gold medals became the third although the numbers in silver and bronze medals were much higher than those of the Navy and the Air Force.

As the tri forces bands rent the air with the National Anthem, the Defence Services Games - 2014 drew to a close.

The closing ceremony started rolling with an elegant dance performed by the dancers of all tri-services, followed by lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Chief Guest, accompanied by Commanders of the Tri-services.

Chairman, Defence Services Games Committee delivered the welcome address.

Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cricket, Kabaddi, Karate, Parachuting, Sailing, Rugby, Football, Swimming, Squash, Table Tennis, Water Games, Weight Lifting, Gymnastics, Wushu and several other events saw the best of more than 1000 servicemen and women competing for supremacy in the tournament.