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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Cubs - 11 in 16 overs (Graham Fernando 6; Trevin Fernando 5/-21,
Gihan Siriwardena 2/7, Lucian Benedict 2/4)
- 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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
itinerary is as follows:
19 & 20 - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Academy at NCC
21 & 22 - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka A at NCC
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.