The hosting of the 15th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships in Colombo will act as a vehicle to actively promote tourism in the Sri Lanka, the President of the Sri Lanka Squash Federation, Oliver Guruge said.
The event, which will be held from January 25- 29 at the newly constructed Squash Complex at the Sri Lanka Air Force base in Ratmalana, is set to draw players from 23 teams including Japan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, China, Singapore to name a few.
“These championships come at an opportune moment when the Government of Sri Lanka is taking all measures to actively promote the country, not only as a tourist destination, but also as a multi-faceted destination for sports tourism, health tourism, religious tourism, cultural tourism and more,” Mr. Guruge expressed.
In addition to the tournament, Sri Lanka will also serve as the venue for the Asian Squash Federation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will take place at the Mount Lavinia Hotel on January 28 and 29.
The AGM will be preceded by the Management Committee Meeting of the World Squash Federation (WSF) on January 26 and 27 at the same hotel. The event will be made event more significant by the attendance of the WSF President, N. Ramachandran, and other senior figures.
Sri Lanka’s men, featuring Gihan Suwaris, Binura Jayasuriya, Ravindu Laksiri and D.S Gunawardena, will face stiff opposition right from the beginning as they are drawn into the same group as defending champions Pakistan.
Our women’s team, comprising Nadindi Udangawe, Sharya Guruge, K. Methsarani and Naduni Gunawardena, will face an equally testing run as they are pitted against India, Malaysia and China in their Group encounters.