Insurance for participants at Singer Autogard Races
By M. Shamil Amit
The Singer Autogard Motor Races 2003 which is scheduled to be held on March 30 at the Pannala International Racing Circuit sponsored by Singer and jointly organized by the Sri Lanka Racing Riders Association (SLRRA), Negombo Motor Sports Club, Ruhunu Motor Sports Club and Anuradhapura Motor Sports Club will see for the first time in motor racing, riders and drivers being insured with Takaful the Malaysian Insurance Company coming forward in providing free insurance cover.

Another new feature is that the organizers of the meet have for the first time arranged for one night's free accommodation with dinner and breakfast provided which otherwise the competitors will have to carry the burden. Upali Dassanayake, President of the SLRRA said that with many motor racing taking place this year they wanted to give the participants some assistance specially those who do not reside within a reasonable distance from Pannala.

Participants who do not avail themselves of the free package have the option of getting 25 litres of octane unleaded petrol which is also been introduced for the first time. For added convenience a Petroleum Corporation outlet would be opened on the site. The participants who get injured will be taken on a helicopter ambulance which is also a new introduction.

Twenty four events have been scheduled for the day comprising of 12 motor cars and 12 motor cycle events. All the leading drivers and riders are expected to take part in this colourful event which promises to be a grand event with all these new additions being included for the first time.

Lanka Bell, Mabroc Teas cruise through
By M. Shamil Amit
Lanka Bell and Mabroc Teas cruised through to the final of the Lion Open Indoor Cricket Tournament 2003. In the semi final matches played yesterday at the Austasia Indoor Cricket Stadium in Thalawathugoda Lanka Bell defeated the more fancied Lanka Yalta Cubs by 42 runs while Mabroc Teas defeated the other fancied team Lion Brewery by 50 runs in the other semi final.

The semi final between Lanka Bell and Lanka Yalta Cubs was expected to be a interesting tussle with Lanka Bell taking first lease of the wicket scoring a modest 53 in their allotted 16 overs. For the Lanka Yalta Cubs it was not their day with their players misfielding and giving the upper hand to their opponents that put them under pressure.

Lanka Yalta Cubs going in to bat were given a torrid time by Trevin Fernando who with some attacking bowling had the Yalta Cubs in a spot of bother. The scoring was far below the expected target with the batsmen getting out regularly which increased the asking rate and they crumbled for a meagre 11 runs.

In the other semi final Lion Brewery who had a good record in the preliminary games threw away their chances with the score reading minus seven after the completion of 12 overs. But they managed to score 17 at the end of their 16 overs. Mabroc Teas in their turn played a sensible game knowing they have a small target and were not at any stage in a hurry. At the end of their allotted 16 overs they made a healthy 67 and will lock horns with Lanka Bell in the final to be played on April 5.

Lanka Bell - 53 in 16 overs (Trevin Fernando 19, Aruna Fernando 14, Bevan Ranasinghe 13, Faiz Subiyan 13; Thiran Thenabadu 5/-18, Graham Fernando 3/-4, Suwanji Madanayake 3/-1)

Lanka Yalta Cubs - 11 in 16 overs (Graham Fernando 6; Trevin Fernando 5/-21, Gihan Siriwardena 2/7, Lucian Benedict 2/4)

Lion Brewery - 17 in 16 overs (Gaminide Silva 18, Primal Salgado 8, Thiranga Weerasinghe 8; Roshan Iddamalgoda 5/-20, Ruwan Samantha 2/1)
Mabroc Teas - 67 in 16 overs (Diluksha Jayasuriya 15, Ananda Sarath 14, Roshan Iddamalgoda 12; A.C. Jansz 2/-7, Primal Salgado 2/2)

Sports should be encouraged at all levels
By Bernie Wijesekera
Physical fitness is vital in any walk of life. It must be encouraged at grassroots level. The schools and the parents must play a decisive role. It must not be stopped (by parents) abruptly due to studies. This was said by Dr. Mahen Wijesuriya when he addressed the seminar on fitness and exercise for executives, organised by the Sri Lanka Sports Medicine Association chaired by Maj. Gen. Dr. C. Thurairaja at the Hilton Hotel last morning.

This seminar attracted over 50 executives drawn from the private sector. He said that teachers, parents and even religious leaders (yoga meditation) could help towards this end. Dr. Wijesuriya gave much food for thought to the powers that be, especially the schools and the education departments (sports) section. The schools physical training programme should be revived by all schools.

There should be a physical training period as done in the past. Parents in most quarters lay much stress on studies these days. In the end, the child has to undergo mental stress due to lack of exercise. He should be allowed to relax.

It was a meaningful address by Dr. Wijesuriya. If anyone, be it schoolboy or an adult, says that he has no time for exercises, then he is asking for trouble with regard to his health. If one has no time then he has not organised his life.

The panel
This fitness and exercise seminar for executives was lectured by eminent professionals drawn from the medical fraternity. Prof. Rohan Jayasekera, Dr. Nimal Gunaratne (Exercise, training for fitness), Maj. Gen. Dr. C. Thurairaja (prevention of injuries in training), Dr. B.J.C. Perera (Nutrition for sports exercise), Dr. Lalith Gunaratne (Clothing and equipment for training), Dr. Hemalal Fernando (Cardiovacular disease) and Dr. Wijesuriya (Exercise and diabetes) participated in the seminar.

Tri Nation tournament begins at Dambulla
By Marlon Fernandopulle
International cricket will return to the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium after nearly two years when the first leg of the Tri-Nation Cricket Tournament between Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Pakistan will be played next month.

New Zealand will arrive in the island on April 16 to play two tests and participate in the Triangular Tournament. The two tests will be played at the P. Sara Stadium (April 25 -29) and at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy (May 3-7).

The Tri-Nation tournament will kick off at the Dambulla Stadium on May 10 followed by the second leg at the SSC grounds. The final will be played under lights at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

The itinerary is as follows:

April 19 & 20 - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Academy at NCC grounds
21 & 22 - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka A at NCC grounds
25 - First test at the P. Sara Stadium.
May 3 - Second Test at the Asgiriya Stadium.
7 - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka A at Police Park.
10 -Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Dambulla Stadium.
11 - Pakistan vs New Zealand.
13 - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka.
17 - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at SSC grounds.
18 - Sri Lanka vs New Zealand.
19 - New Zealand vs Pakistan.
23 - Final at the R Premadasa Stadium.

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