The Coca-Cola Games gives all an opportunity to unite, compete and strive for the best.
This was highlighted by Education Minister Doctor Mahendra Reddy while speaking to the athletes, officials, teachers, parents and supporters at the official opening ceremony of the 2017 Coca-Cola Games this morning at the ANZ National Stadium.
Reddy also reminded the athletes that the games is much more than just about participation and is full of life lessons.
He adds that students must not deviate from their key roles and responsibilities, and to stay away from bad influences, and say no to drugs, smoking, substance abuse and alcohol as these things may cross their path during or after the games and students have to make the right decision.
The Education Minister encouraged the athletes to double their efforts and to expect stiffer competition from various schools.
Reddy adds that the connection from the old scholars of various schools, getting together of parents and school communities, heightened teachers and students competitive nature assists athletes to get the best out of themselves to deliver breath-taking performances.
He has urged all athletes to give their 100 percent best, to understand that some will have to win and some will have to lose, to be content that they have given their best, treat their competitors and officials with respect and to play fair.