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Tennis law and jaw continues

Arjan Perera, a former Sri Lanka number one tennis player and Tennis Association President John Rajapakse traded allegations against each other of lying when they commented on last week's "Sunday Times" article which carried details of an argument between the two at a recent tournament.

Perera said Rajapakse threatened him saying "I will shift your jaw" and subsequently alleged Rajapakse was lying when he denied the allegation while Rajapakse once again refuted the charges yesterday.

A Trans Asia hotel spokesman contacted by "Sunday Times" yesterday said "Yes, Mr. Rajapakse said that". The tournament was held at Trans Asia hotel.

A parent of a player who was present but talked under the condition of anonimity and Perera's doubles partner Chammika de Silva also comfirmed the incident.

A parent of another player side stepped the issue saying she could not hear the argument.

But all persons contacted by "Sunday Times" said that there was a big argument in front of so many people and most of what was said could be heard by those who were present. Many added it was not proper for a President of a recognised Association to behave in that manner.

Overseas invitation swim meet

Two schools from Colombo and two schools from Kandy will splash it out in the Overseas School of Colombo invitational meet to be held on Saturday October 24 at their schools pool from 9 am.

The schools participating are, St. Bridgets and Royal from Colombo and Trinity and Mahamaya from Kandy.

Gheffari & Gihan under 1mt.

Gheffari Dulapandan and Gihan Ranatunga were the first Sri Lanka swimmers to go under 1 minute in the 100 metres Dolphin stroke at the recently concluded National Swimming and Diving Championship held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium pool.

Both Gheffari and Gihan shattered the existing Sri Lanka record in the process which was reported in the Media.

Not to be outdone Gihan Ranatunga's brother 13 year olf Gyan excelled in the diving events and was crowned the best diver and was awarded the Andy Vitharana challenge trophy.

(Full results - next week)

Senior Nationals

The 46th National Badminton championships conducted by the Sri Lanka Badminton Association will be held from October 29 to November 2 at the S. Thomas Indoor Stadium, Mount Lavinia. The events to be held are, men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles, men's veterans over 40 singles and doubles, women's veterans over 35 singles and doubles and men's masters over 50 singles and doubles. Entries will close on October 23.

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