to play for US Amateur golf C'ships
By Nilika de Silva
Sri Lankan golfing phenomenon Thuhashini Selvaratnam has qualified
for the US Amateur Championships 2002, to take place in New York
in early August.
In the qualifying round for the US Amateur Championships played
in Arizona State last week, Selvaratnam scored 72 and was placed
She was awarded
the title of 2001 Arizona Women's Golf Association "Player
of the Year" at the AWGA Annual Meeting and Awards ceremony
which took place in January at the Phoenix Country Club.
Gyi is determined to bring honour to the country in Australia
Alain Gyi, an ace golfer in the local circuit has been appointed
captain for the forthcoming Bercedes Benz Asian Regional Golf Finals
to be staged in Gold Coast Australia. The tournament will commence
on July 31. The team leaves today.
Lionel Almeida, Secretary RCGC, Alain is one of the best among the
golfing fraternity and playing pretty well at present. Gyi was seen
training at the greens on Thursday.
Firstly he went
to Gold Coast as an observer, but this time he is leading the team
and is determined to bring honour to the country. Another member
of the tour party, Capt. Navin de Silva, a newcomer to the greens
will be making his first overseas tour as a golfer.
amateur Asian regional finals will draw some of the best golfers
who will tee off in the beautiful Gold Goast links, generating a
high standard of golf.
The team: Alain
Gyi (Capt..), Erath Karunaratne, Shivantha de Soysa Capt. Navin
de Silva, Sanjeya Gunawardena, J.Lo Kim (B.W.)
calls on line
The Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association along with the Lion's Club
of Colombo Somerset District 306B have announced the launch of the
Hope web site through which interested persons can get more information
on the project and make contributions towards the establishment
of a 750-bed cancer hospital in Sri Lanka.
of the web-site www.hopelk.org and its maintenance is by Eureka
online (Pvt) Ltd. HSBC is providing the secured payment gateway.
Sanath Jayasuriya, the captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket team formerly
launched the web site.
The Hope Hospital,
a government approved charity is a joint effort by the Sri Lankan
Cricketers' Association and the Lion's Club of Colombo Somerset
District 306B. The total cost of the Hospital will be Rs. 750 million.
The project was officially launched in March this year. Through
an MoU signed with the government space was allocated within the
premises of the Cancer Hospital of Maharagama to establish the Hospital.
An appeal has been made to fans of the Sri Lankan Cricket team around
the world to contribute generously and the response so far has been
captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket team, said, "While we appreciate
the support of Sri Lankans wanting to contribute towards this cause,
we appeal to members of the public to avoid fraudulent fund raising.
All contributions can be deposited at any of the Seylan Bank Branches
Account Number 040750 or any Branch of Bank of Ceylon Account Number
0681 01 00036029 and are to be made in the name of the Hope Cancer
Hospital. Only those organisations that have the official approval
of the Committee members of the Hope Cancer Hospital project will
be allowed to raise funds on our behalf."
In Sri Lanka
it is said that 1 in every 10 deaths are due to cancer. What is
ironic is that almost 70% of all forms of cancer can be cured if
the disease is diagnosed and treated in time. However for many,
treatment is not easily accessible. At present there is only one
cancer hospital which is situated at Maharagama. The hospital often
cannot meet with the growing demand for treatment. People have to
wait for hours in long queues and patients often have to sleep on
the floor for the want of beds.
The HOPE Cancer
Hospital will augment the existing facilities available at Maharagama.
On completion of the new cancer unit, it will be handed back to
the Ministry of Health and will be run by authorities at the Cancer
ITO at C'wealth Games
Mr. P.H.D. Waidyatilaka Vice President of the AAA and Technical
Director for the Asian Athletic Championships, Colombo 2002 left
for Manchester on an assignment by the Commonwealth Games organizing
committee to officiate as an International Technical official.
the only Sri Lankan ITO among 38 ITOs in the world appointed by
the International Association of Athletics Federations will be in
the panel of six ITO's for the Commonwealth Games. Waidyatilaka
had the rare privilege of being the first Sri Lankan to officiate
in Athletics at a Commonwealth Games when he was invited as a Technical
Official for the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Novices tournament at OAC
With a view to promote and develop tennis, Otter Aquatic Club for
the first time, will organise a juvenile Novices tournament to be
worked off at their courts, commencing on August 2, 3, 4, 10 and
11 (Finals). There are events for both girls and boys (Singles)
Under -8,10,12 and 14. Under-8 and10 will confine to one set. The
other two age groups - best of 17 games.
OAC Tennis Secretary, Azaari Cader it will infuse enthusiasm not
only among the club members' children but also among other kids,
too, who are interested in tennis.
on July 29 and the draw will take place on July 31 at the Otters
Office. All participants will receive certificates. (B.W)
and Young makes it 3-in-a-row
Old Royalist all-rounder, Thushan Amerasuriya, helped Ernst and
Young to register three wins in- a-row in their Mercantile E Cricket
tourament. All-rounder Amerasuriya, contributed much for the accounting
firm to dominate play. In the first game he top-scored with 67.
But he proved
his mettle against HVA Group. In a close contest HVA batting first
made 149, thanks to an attractive knock of 71 n.o, by Nandasiri
Perera. Amerasuriya bagged 5 for16. Ernst and Young were struggling,
but a defiant 50 by Thushan helped them to win by 2 wickets with
two balls to spare.-(BW)