This year over 150 rowers from the Asian region will lock oars in the Mahabalipuram waters for the “Tharunyata Hetak” challenge trophies and many more on offer in the Association for Schools rowing in Asia (ASRA) Championship to be held from July 28 to 31 in Chennai, India..
General Secretary for ASRA Lasantha Welikala speaking to the Sunday Times said: “To be a true young Asian medalist it takes great passion, determination and dedication to excellence. ASRA is more than a regatta, it integrates rowing with cultures, education and celebrations. It promotes values of excellence, friendships, respect and above all true sportsmanship and ethics.
He added: “ASRA’s vision is well in line with the visions of Asian Rowing Federation and all local rowing movements such as the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri-Lanka.”
ASRA soon will be on the rowing calendar of the Asian Rowing Federation and no doubt will be an inspiring and a major event for the young oarsmen and women in the region.
To enrich ASRA’s legacy it will do its best to award scholarships to the most deserving rower by a panel of professional judges.
ASRA will be conducted by a team of internationally recognized officials and umpires. School children will volunteer in various roles during the event.