The Indian Army team has comprehensively won the 5th Army International Scout Masters Competition held at Jaisalmer Military Station from 6 to 14 August 2019 in a fiercely fought competition with teams from Armenia, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. The Indian Army team was selected and trained under the aegis of Southern Command.
The Closing Ceremony of the Fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 was held in Jaisalmer on 16 August 2019.Honorable Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest. The ceremony was attended by General Bipin Rawat, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Aide-de-Camp, Chief of the Army Staff, Lieutenant General SK Saini, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Army Commander, Southern Command, delegations of participating countries, members of the International Organising Committee and several civil and military dignitaries.
The Closing Ceremony commenced with a smart ceremonial marching of the participating contingents into the stadium. The Defence Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh addressed the participants and welcomed the representatives of the International Organising Committee, dignitaries and other guests. Shri Rajnath Singh lauded Southern Command for the flawless and successful conduct of the event. He 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, the Fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition 2019 was declared closed by Shri Rajnath Singh. The prize distribution ceremony took place wherein the Defence Minister gave away the Champions Trophy to the winning Indian team, Runner's Up Trophy was awarded to Uzbekistan, while the Second Runner's Up position was secured by Russia.
The Closing Ceremony culminated with a cultural programme to depict the rich cultural heritage of India. The participating countries and teams were highly appreciative of the conduct, arrangements and hospitality extended to them during the entire duration of their stay at Jaisalmer.