The Indian Army team has comprehensively won the 5th Army International Scout Masters Competition held at Jaisalmer Military Station. Held from August 6 to 14, countries including Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan participated in a fiercely fought competition along with India.
The Indian Army team was selected and trained under the aegis of Southern Command. Defence minister Rajnath Singh was the chief guest for the closing ceremony of the Fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019. The ceremony was attended by General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General SK Saini, Southern Army Commander, delegations of participating countries, members of the International Organising Committee and several civilian and military dignitaries. It commenced with a smart ceremonial marching of the participating contingents into the stadium.
The Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh addressed the participants and welcomed the representatives of the International Organising Committee, dignitaries and other guests. He lauded Southern Command for the flawless and successful conduct of the event and appreciated the sportsman spirit, dedication and the professional standards displayed by all the teams in the competition. He also said that such competitions are an excellent platform to allow countries to build a constructive dialogue, strengthening friendship, partnership and trust.
He also mentioned that such joint military events would lead to interoperability and sharing of best practices thereby, benefiting all the participating nations. At the end, prize distribution ceremony took place wherein the Defence Minister gave away the Champions Trophy to the winning Indian team, Runner’s Up Trophy to Uzbekistan and the Second Runner’s Up trophy to Russia. The Closing Ceremony culminated with a cultural programme to depict the rich cultural heritage of India.