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Subject: Best ever Junior Championship organized by ABC

Best ever Junior Championship organized by ABC

YANGON, 20 July-The following is the Press Release 
by Datuk Punch Gunalam, Vice-President of International 
Badminton Federation and Honorary Secretary General 
of Asian Badminton Confederation, upon the successful 
completion of the "Golden Eagle Asian Juniors 
Badminton Championship, 1999", here today.

    The Golden Eagle Asian Juniors Badminton 
Championship 1999 has been successfully completed. 
It has become the best ever Junior Championship 
organised by ABC to-date and has created many new 

    There were a record number of 24 countries and 
regions with more than 350 players and officials 
participated in the Championship. It also can boast 
of the biggest crowd ever in a junior event world-wide. 
It is also one of the best organised event and above 
all, the wonderful hospitality extended by the Myanmar 
people has made every participant very happy and take 
home pleasant memories of their stay at the Golden 
Land of Myanmar.

    On behalf of ABC, I would like to express our 
sincere thanks to the Government of Myanmar, 
especially to the Chairman of Myanmar National Olympic 
Council Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development 
Council Lt-Gen Khin Nyunt. His presence at the opening 
ceremony, during the Championship and at the prize 
presentation ceremony greatly motivated the players. 
It also is a great boost to the development of 
badminton in Myanmar.

    Our thanks also goes to the Minister of Sports, 
Chairman of the Myanmar Olympic Committee and 
Chairman of the Organising Committee Brig-Gen Sein 
Win for his tireless efforts in ensuring everything 
went according to the plan.

    A special thanks to the Myanmar Badminton 
Federation and to its President U Kyi Nyunt for 
their effort in organising such a successful event.

    This year's event was one of the closest 
contested championship which speaks well for the 
rising standard of badminton in many Asian countries. 
I must take this opportunity to congratulate the 
Myanmar players for their performance which was 
much better than previous years and I wish them 
the very best of luck in the future to become one 
of the leading nations in Asia and the world.


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