is a must
By Shamseer Jaleel
For all sportsmen/women discipline is a must. Unlike cricket, rugby
or football matches played here do not have TV replays.
In a recently
concluded football match at Bogambara Stadium the referee was mercilessly
assaulted and had to be taken to the emergency ward. Serious punishment
should be given to this kind of activities. Last month the Boland
Rugby Union has placed life ban on 19 players for assaulting a referee
that left him with a broken jaw. This ban prevents them from playing
in any part of the world.
here should take this as an example and punish the players if they
are found guilty without showing sympathy towards them.
goes to Jaffna
Tennis is set to return to Jaffna after the near two-decade war.
Two SLTA officials who made a week-long inspection tour of Jaffna
last month are presently putting the finishing touches to a five-year
plan to take the game from resurrection to tournaments.
the war, Jaffna was an active tennis centre, holding tournaments
of their own and fielding some top players to the National level.
But the game died with the war. Now that the peace talks have begun,
we are using the opportunity to restart the game. And we were delighted
by the spontaneous response from the schools - they just can't wait
to start'', said Boshan H. Dayaratne, CEO of SLTA, who was one of
two on the inspection tour. The other was K Y D Pathiraja, the Mini-Tennis
The two SLTA
officials went with an inventory of Jaffna's pre-war courts, but
evidence of them was hardly recognizable. "At first sight we
couldn't say these were tennis courts - they were so overtaken by
in Jaffna are not likely to know anything about the game because
they've never seen it. We're looking at the project as a job that
begins from zero level, requiring huge investments", said Dayaratne.
"The investment is a good one because its benefits go beyond
tour, arranged and coordinated by Brig. Madura Wijewickrema and
Capt. Prasanna Liyanage, included a meeting at Jaffna Central with
the AGA., T Vythilinkam and representatives of ten schools. "All
of them were excited with our presentation of the Mirinda Mini Tennis
Programme. All the equipment for this programme will be provided
by the SLTA, and with courts not required, the schools were impatient
to have the programme started," said Dayaratne.
For a start,
the programme is assured of the 10 schools present at the meeting
with the AGA. They are: Jaffna Central, Vembadi Girls' School, Chundikuli
Girls' School, St Patrick's, St John's, Jaffna Hindu, Hindu College,
Union College, Jaffna College Vadukoddai and Jaffna College Uduvil.
Mini Tennis Programme has met with tremendous success in the outstations
where it was introduced with thousands of 5 to 10 years participting.
"We expect about 4000 to 5000 to be involved in the programme
in Jaffna and have already identified a person from the area to
be the development officer in the North. He in turn will recruit
teachers to the programme," said Suresh Subramaniam, President
SLTA. "Hopefully, the programme will get off the ground in
wins All Island Junior Tennis Tournament
Royal College Colombo emerged under-11 and 13 champions in the Mirinda
All Island Boys' Schools Championship, defeating St. Peter's in
the finals of both events at the National Tennis courts at Green
Path this week.
Royalists swamped the Peterites 3 matches to one, but their under-13
team was made to work hard before winning 3 matches to 2. Six schools
competed in both events. St Michael's, Batticaloa did well to earn
a play-off for third place in both events. They finished third in
the under-13, defeating S. Thomas, Mt Lavinia, 3/1, but lost to
Ananda, 3/0 in the under-11.
Final: Royal beat St. Peters 3/1 Singles: Roshan Dissanayake
(RC) bt. I Perera (RC), 7/3. M Rajaratnam (RC) bt. S. Vishvanathan,
E Sudusinghe and M Siyaguna (SPC) bt. M Hazari and D Ranatunga,
7/2. J Ranaweera and M Rajaratnam bt. R Thalwatte and S Gunawardena,
Finals: Royal beat St. Peters, 3/2. Singles: T Dineshkanha (SPC)
bt. N Herath 7/0. G Adasooriya (RC) bt. N Ranaweera, (SPC) 7/3.
I Wettasinghe (RC) bt. L Grero (SOC), 7/3.
D Fernando and S Senanayake (SPC) bt. K Weerakkodiarachchi and A
Herath (RC) 7/4. S Gomes and A Subramaniam (RC) bt. R Makandaraja
and R Wijesuriya 7/4.
veterans for World Masters Games
Sri Lanka Veterans Basketball teams will be participating in the
World Masters Basketball tournament in Melbourne, Australia next
month, said Remegius Perera and Francis de Silva, captains of the
under 54 and 45 age groups.
Sri Lanka Veterans
Basketball team participating for the first time in an international
tournament in 2000 annexed the Bronze medal at the Asian Pacific
Masters Basketball tournament beating leading foreign teams.
In order to
maintain the high standard of the game and to judge the stamina
of the players they have been in training for last eight months
at a leading indoor stadium. Most of the players are former national
players who maintain high standard of the skills.
The teams will
be selected from Brig. Nimal Jayasuriya, Nowfel Mahroof, Remegius
Perera, Francis de Silva, Karu Jayasuriya, Vincent Loganathan, Z.A.M.
Mahroof, Rohitha de Silva, U.C. Jayasinghe, Bernard Silva, Nihal
Perera, Col. Vickum Siriwardena, Lal de Silva, Marlon Ranasinghe
and Dominigue D Almeida from Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka national players who are domiciled in Australia will be
joining the team. Hillary White, Vernon Davidson, Gamini de Alwis,
Charlie Jansz, Noel Pereira and Clifford Vandergert.
Federation of Sri Lanka and its affiliated associations have extended
their unstint support to the Veterans Basketball Association to
participate in this tournament.