Giving the students an opportunity to slip on their sports shoes and step away from the stress of college work, the Law Students Union of Sri Lanka has brought back the Law-Medical Sports encounter.
The sporting event is essentially a face-off between the two oldest professional institutes in Sri Lanka- the Law College of Sri Lanka and the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo. Almost a century old, this would be the 98th event organised after it was brought to a brief halt in 2006.
“We decided to reintroduce the Law-Medical Sports Encounter this year because we wanted to rebuild and cultivate relations between the medical and law students” says the secretary of Law Student Union, M. A Neeth Udesha, adding “it would also serve as an opportunity for the students to develop their skills in sports”.
The event kicked off at the beginning of June with a softball cricket match. Today the institutes will send their best cricketers out for a game of leather cricket. Other matches lined up include games such as tennis, table tennis, carom, chess, badminton, volleyball, netball, football, basketball and rugby, which will be played throughout the week.
Aside from the matches are other sporting events such as swimming, disc throw, javelin throw and athletics. Altogether there are 23 main events and the institute that wins more than 12 events will be awarded the trophy.
The crowd pullers are expected to be the rugby match which will be broadcasted on Rupavahini, and the athletics meet hich will be held at the Sugadadasa Stadium. “We invite everyone associated with the Law College, from past pupils to those planning to sit for the law entrance exam to come for the event,” says President of the Union, Asela Rupasinghe, adding that the Chief Justice, many other prominent individuals in the industry, students, apprentices, alumni, and parents have been invited to the event. “It also open to the public if anyone is interested in watching the events unfold," he adds.
The event will also be a platform for the launching of the Sri Lanka Law College flag that has been designed by the present students.