invasion with clubs at Digana
The Sri Lankan Airlines Annual Golf Classic has now been identified
as the most glamorous competitive event in the Sri Lanka Golf Calendar.
This competition attracting at least 6 dozen foreign players was
inaugurated 7 years ago at the Victoria Golf Club at Digana where
Tony Whitham controls the whole operation in masterly style.
I have had the
distinct pleasure of being an invitee on these occasions and can
vouch that Sri Lankan Airlines hospitality, prize awards and organisation
skills are unmatchable. Victor Abeysekera and Manuela Motha worked
like beavers to ensure successful and rewarding results for Sri
It is anticipated that atleast a century of foreigners from about
20 countries will eventually build up the foreign invasion and when
they combine with the Sri Lankan rushing to register Digana will
have atleast 20 dozen competitors rushing for participation.
Club without any doubt one of the prettiest in our part of the world,
with an international class course backed by the organising skills
of the duo Tony Whitham and Jannine Weeratunga will match these
Sir Lankan Airlines renowned for lavish hospitality have padded
their promotion to make participants and visiting spectators comfortable
and happy. The Beer Garden by Carlsberg will add to the high spirits
of joyous camaraderie in fellowship.
The other attraction will be the absolutely gorgeous playing
conditions. Lush fairways, challenging bunkers and extremely refreshing
weather. First Class & Business Class Air Tickets to exotic
destinations will be some of the awards and Mahaweli Reach the host
Hotel will stretch its organising skills to provide the best in
service and hospitality.
Deshini Abeywardene Sri Lankan Airlines Public Relations Manager
is on the planning boards dovetailing all the arrangements with
her immense experience and skill. "A tremendous and unforgettable
weekend is promised with much to offer our visitors" is what
Deshini has to say.
a mermaid says Sujatha Principal
"Win or lose come out of the pool smiling. That's what matters,
said Julian Bolling", skipper of the Sri Lanka Olympic team
in 2000 who was the chief guest at the inaugural swimming meet of
Sujatha Vidyalaya, Nugegoda held at the Sanhinda Leisure Centre
Swimming Pool in Nugegoda.
L.A.H. Ariyapperuma speaking on the occasion asked more girls to
join the Sujatha Swimming Club. "Be a mermaid", she said
adding: "Enjoy the water". The Guest of Honour was Mr.
with 215 points emerged overall champions followed by Hemamali (107)
and Swarnapali in third position.
and Bhagya Padmasiri were adjudged Junior Champions while Pooja
Cooray was selected the Senior Champion. A water ballet presented
by St. Bridget's Convent drew rounds of applause from all present.
Following are the champion swimmers in the various age groups:
Under 11: Diloki
Makalanda; Under 13: Bhagya Padmasiri; Under 15: Megara Lankachandra;
Under17: Pooja Nilanjani Cooray ; Under 19: Nadeeka Dulani; Special
Award for excellent swimming career: Anusha de Zoysa; Junior Champions:
Diloki Makalanda and Bhagya Padmasiri; Senior Champion: Pooja Cooray.
Final positions: 1. Rathnavali House (215), 2. Hemamali (107); 3.
Swarnapali; 3. Kalyani.
basketball commences tomorrow
The annual Mercantile Basketball Tournament will get underway tomorrow
and is sheduled to end on November 15. The preliminary round games
will get underway at the D.S.Senanayake College courts with the
semi finals and final due to be played at the Police Field courts
This is the
23rd consecutive year that this tournament is being conducted by
Mercantile Basketball Association and after a lapse of five years
they have been successful in getting a sponsor with Delmege Forsyth
Group coming forward to sponsor this tournament.
Twenty one teams
have entered for the tournament and all the top players are billed
to take part. The teams have been divided into four groups A,B,
C and D with the preliminary round games of all the four groups
to be conducted on a league basis and the first four teams will
qualify to play in the final round in their respective groups.
The finals of
the C and D group will be played on November 14 while the A and
B finals will be played on November 15.
HNB 'A', Seylan Bank, Sampath Bank, Delmege Forsyth, Ranawana &
Co, Union Assurance, Akbar Brothers, David Peiris Motor Co, Commercial
Bank, HSBC 'A', Maritime Holdings, Ceylinco Group, HNB 'B', Airport
and Aviation, Lanka Bell. HSBC 'B', Union Bank, Pramuka Bank, Bartleet
Group, Eagles Insurance and Metropolitan Group.-MSA
the skills that matter not the language
is played with the bat and ball, not with the language. One must
speak the language one understands best to express his opinion.
He has to be
proud of his country and the language he speaks on and off the field.
In recent times in some quarters they have been critical of some
sportsmen unable to express their views properly in English, when
they were interviewed before and and after a game. In the end they
apparently become a laughing stock.
to talk in ones own mother tongue, even with an interpreter as done
by great sportsmen drawn worldwide - be it in Japan, China, France
etc. Why be shy to talk in your mother tongue, asked a former first
class cricketer, who led the Reid Avenue Club with distinction to
win 'A' Div. honours. I belong to a minority community. I am a Sri
Lankan and proud to speak Sinhala, he said.
Even Heads of
State speak in their own language at international forums assisted
by an interpreter. If a sportsman breaks a world record it's done
with his skills and determination, but not with the language. Take
our own Susanthika Jayasinghe, the rural athlete, who has done proud
to the country in the international scene. She always prefers to
speak in her mother tongue when interviewed with the assistance
of her manager. Today, she may be able to speak a few words in English,
but express her views in Sinhala. Language which has no barrier
on and off the field .
It's the job
that matters in the end. Some have even forgotten from where they
started life. Apparently it's a common trend among some of the locals
Whilst on a
cricket tour in Pakistan, I got the permission from the Pakistani
Manager Brig. Nazir, to interview 'Rawalpindi Express', Shoaib Akthar.
He said, Shoaib can't speak much English, but I will get an interpreter
to assist him. Give Akthar the red cherry. He hurls it with venom
(with his own mother tongue) to the opposing batsmen, who will be
seen constantly running for shelter. He proved this in the recent
Test against Australia at the P. Sara (Neutral ground) - four wickets
in 11 balls. This is not confined to Akthar alone, there are many
in the sub-continent.
with their skills but not with an alien language. Apparently why
are some of the locals trying to speak in English when they are
not conversant with the language. One should be proud of the country
and ones mother tongue. Fame, material gains and alien language
will not take anywhere on the longer run, but what matters is your
character. Everything is temporary in life. "Humility is the
Wiseman's Rod". (BW)
consecutive weeks two referees were assaulted at the Bogambara grounds
in two football matches organised and conducted by the Kandy Football
Association. Rover learns that all referees are deciding to pull
out from blowing at matches due to the assault.
At long last
Cricket Association which is an affiliate of the World Women's Cricket
Association is now duly recognized as the real one since the Minister
decided not to recognize its rival Association which he said, is
Out of turn
it that the authorities concerned are allowing a leading female
athlete to talk out of turn and blame the officials for the lapses?
Isn't there a contract where the athletes are bound not to hurl
insults at the officials?
Lanka Rugby team was humiliated when they finished eighth out of
eight at the Asian Games, while in some matches being thrashed like
in cricket scores with over centuries scored against them?