12th August 2001
Business| Mirror Magazine
Ruwan, Chandika to follow coaching stint in VictoriaThe Sri Lanka Cricket Foundation of Victoria in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Players' Association, will sponsor two former Lankan players, Ruwan Kalpage and Chandika Hathurusinghe to follow a two-week Level II coaching stint run by the Australian Cricket Board, in Melbourne, Australia. They leave on August 14.
The duo will be entirely sponsored by the SLFCV - including air tickets, accommodation and internal transport, according to David Cruse, one of its committee members, who was here.
Cruse, told The Sunday Times, that he had discussions with Dr. P. Ramurajam, Secretary to the Ministry of Sports, to start a scholarship scheme among the talented rural cricketers, to play in Australia. It will help improve their skills, whilst playing district cricket, where the standard is quite high. There are quite a number of Sri Lankans living Down Under who are prepared to give a helping hand to deserving sportsmen.
This move by the Ministry is a laudable one to help less affluent sportsmen to go places and for nation building via sports. In the past the Vice Cricket Foundation has given playing opportunities, namely Aravinda de Silva, Roshan Mahanama, Ruwan Kalpage, Sanath Kaluperuma, and left-arm spinner Gamini Perera, who impressed and improved their skills and played at national level, barring Perera. -(BW)
Success in TT for Devananda
By M. Shamil AmitAt the recently concluded All Island Inter-schools Table Tennis tournament which was staged at the Indoor Stadium of S.Thomas' Mt. Lavinia and conducted for age groups under 9, 11, 13, and 17 for boys and girls saw Sri Devananda College Amabalangoda, winning three titles in the girls' category Under 11 and the Boys' Under 15 and Under 17.
Ishara Madurangani won the Under 11 girls' title. G.P.H. Sajith Priyadharshana of Sri Devananda College produced one of the best wins in the tournament by defeating former champion Tharindu Samaraweera (son of former Sri Lanka champion Jothipala Samaraweera) of S. Thomas, Mt Lavinia to clinch the boys' Under- 15 title and the other Devanandian Lakshan Harshana clinching the Under-17 title.
SriLankan Airlines favouritesDefending champions, SriLankan Airlines will go out favourite in retaining the Travel Trade Athletic championships conducted by the Travel Trade Sports Club to be held on Sunday August 12 at the Shalika grounds, Narahenpita. SriLankan Airlines won the overall title in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Over 400 athletes will vie for honours with last year's champions, Kandalama Hotel and Culture Club giving a fight to SriLankan Airlines. Right of reply
Note by Sports Editor: The fact remains that most of the players in
the Colombo Basketball Club were members of the national pool and were
coached by the national coach Ajith Kuruppu who also coached the Club team
which got thrashed by Bulls BC. How did the pool players play in the tournament
without the permission of the SLBF Exco? Same officials wanted to suspend
the Mercantile Services Basketball Association in 1999 when the pool players
played in a tournament organised by the one and only active Basketball
Association. The players were playing for their employers. Is this be promotion
of basketball ?
By Nilika de SilvaLooks like a butterfly and stings like a bee, that's a Sri Lankan woman boxer training for the first ever Asian Women's Boxing Championship to take place from August 25 to 29 in Bangkok.
The Sri Lankan contingent comprising seven female boxers, the Manager and Coach are due to leave on August 23, to take part in a historic championship.
The Sunday Times spoke to these women boxers after a tournament held at the Slimline Boxing ring in Pannala, where they displayed their skills to a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.
Clearly, the novelty of seeing women in the ring had fast worn off with the wide coverage given to Laila Ali and Frazer Jr. in Sri Lanka .
Under-51 kg - Fly Weight - B.M.K. Bodipakse (SL Army), Under-57 kg - Feather Weight - E.M.N.K. Ekanayake (SL Army), Under-48 kg - Light Fly Weight - L.G. Chandrika (SL Army), Under-54 kg Bantam Weight - M.M.M. Susanthi (SL Army), Under-45kg - Swarna, Under 57-kg - Feather Weight, H.M.M. Herath (SL Army) and 45 kg - Erandathi.
The Manager of the team is Colonel Jagath Jayasuriya who is in charge of Army Boxing.
The Head Coach is Lieutenant R.K. Indrasena who is the pioneer in introducing women's boxing to Sri Lanka. The SL Army started women's boxing last year.
Seven months ago she learnt to box, today she is considered the best women's boxer the Army boasts of. L. G. Chandrika from Galle is a product of the Amarasuriya College, Galle. She was in the Kabadi national pool
A Private in the Army Chandrika trained as a Physical Training Instructor.
SL Army's B.N.K. Bodipakse (20) is another favourite. Bodipakse from Kandy also took to boxing after following a PTI course. Mallika Herath of Hingurakgoda and Susanthi of Chilaw were also among those who proved their mettle in the ring.
The local boxing scene is fast growing. At present three clubs are engaging in boxing - Army, Police and Slimline.
Immediately ruralising the sport, Slimline has taken boxing out to Pannala. A boxing ring located within their premises is an encouragement for all staffers to venture into the ring with the added support of a boxer MD, Dian Gomes.
As elsewhere, father-daughter combinations can be seen here too with
former National Champion Sampath, presently the Navy Coach, producing a
boxer daughter Nelka Shiromala, who is boxing for the Police Team.
Sri Lanka hopeful of medals
By Annesley FerreiraWith the first inclusion of Rowing in the South Asian Federation Games (SAF) to be staged in Islamabad, Pakistan next month, Sri Lanka are certain of adding a few medals to its tally.
The Rowing Association, started training with 32 Oarsmen with a hope of participating in the Asian Championships in China in October.
We were highly delighted when we learnt that Rowing was included into the SAF Games events supported by both India and Pakistan and the other participants being Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, said Rohan Fernando the President of the Rowing Association.
Of the 21 medals to be won in Rowing, Sri Lanka can be assured of 7, be it bronze, Silver and possibly a gold.
Rowing a Olympic Sport is incidentally the second highest medal winning discipline other than athletics.
Already 23 Oarsmen are now in hard training, with the final 15 to be picked early next month, and the President added that they are very happy that at last the Ministry of Sports has given them financial support which augurs well for the sport in general since the affiliates are keeping on swelling.
More are willing to take up to the sport and equipment is a stumbling block in giving those the nod, but with the intention of taking this sport to the provinces with the involvement of the Navy and Army, this could be done, Rohan added supported by Ajith Gunawardena, Lloyd Sirimanne, Lakmal Wickremage and who are involving in coaching and Deva Henry another stalwart in the sport.
Like in boxing the Sri Lankans would stand to gain in winning gold in the lighter classes added coach Ajith Gunawardena.
The track at Islamabad would be 2000 metres in distance with four lanes which will give the participants stiff competition in their quest of winning medals.
Another aspect the Rowing Association is looking into is a headquarters
of their own which a long felt need added Rohan.
By Bernie WijesekeraSri Lanka after winning a test series against Pakistan away 2-1 and a one day white-wash in Pakistan under Sanath Jayasuriya, won for the country much admiration from ardent fans at home and away.
This side with a blend of youth and experience showed up well against the Pakistanis under varying conditions.
Pakistan were sans some of the seasoned campaigners. But the President of the BCCP, Lt. Gen. Tauquir Zia said there is no harm losing to Sri Lanka as they are in the process of team building and giving that much needed exposure for the youngsters to get oriented to the big league. Pakistan's gamble of playing youth players came right when they outplayed Sri Lanka in the final test at Karachi, with Younis Khan making a dream debut by notching a 100, playing in the shadow of Inzamam-ul Haq, who too scored a flamboyant 100. Sidat Wettimuny was the chairman of the selection committee, watched this great happening in Pakistan where our young hopefuls got a real taste of international cricket.
All that good work was shattered when petty politics in sports raised its ugly head again with Wettimuny bowing out and the game falling into tatters - especially in the test arena, despite so many consultants to uplift and develop the game.
Sri Lanka drew up a plan under former president Ana Punchihewa to emerge as the best test playing nation by year 2,000 with a well planned infrastructure. But political machinations in sport threw him out, putting the entire process in disarray. In its wake came indiscipline even among some players.
Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996. What progress have they made since then. Other than winning odd one-day series here and there, but never maintained the winning rhythm. Tour officials were picked at the behest of interested parties. The players themselves didn't know who the next tour manager is going to be.
A good example is the removal of Chandra Schaffter despite getting Sports Ministry approval. It proved disastrous, to find a knowledgeable person at the eleventh hour for the tour of S.Africa. Stanley Jayasinghe, who was the 'A' team manager to S.Africa had to be shifted to Zimbabwe. Coach Whatmore had to oversee until he crossed over. Later cricket was played in the portals of the Hulftsdorp, but not on the playing field. As a result the game suffered immensely.
Sri Lanka's performances in the established game - lost to S.Africa (away) test series two-nil the one-dayers 4-1. Won in Zimbabwe in a keen contest both the test and one-dayers. The best effort was in Pakistan Feb.-March, 2,000 (away) when Sanath Jayasuriya's team won the tests 2-1 and a whitewash in the overs game.
Sri Lanka's performance since then in their own backyard had much to be desired. For the first time beat S.Africa at Asgiriya, but lost to them by six runs at the SSC to square the series, when we should have wrapped it up.
This was followed by the visit of Pakistan - a team with a blend of youth and experience won the test 2-0. Younis Khan, again proved his class with a test 100. Our bowlers failed on tailor-made pitches. Even 'Murali' couldn't make much of an impact after his record haul in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka's next confrontation on home soil was against England.
The Lankans had high hopes of winning the series. Won the first test in Galle but lost the series 2-1 (test). Had the consolation of winning the one-dayers 3-0.
'Murali' who had a rich haul of 16 wickets against England at the Oval test, the English batsmen were able to tame him here. Ironically, too much of cricket for 'Murali' due to his commitment for Lancashire in the County championship which takes much of the sting off any bowler - playing six days cricket for a week.
After the triangular series, the Lankans take on India in a three- test series. Its going to be a gruelling contest with the return of Tendulkar. The Indians are fielding a young side with an eye for the future. They have the talent and variety in their attack. It's a tall order for the Lankans despite the seniors. Where is the talent that Sri Lanka could offer in the established game. This attributes to our poor domestic tournaments, which could hardly give that much needed competition for the youngsters, unlike in other cricket playing nations.
Sri Lanka has won a solitary test against India, in 1985 at the 'P.Sara'
Stadium by 149 runs. The team was led by Duleep Mendis while Kapil Dev
led India. It was a great win when Romesh Ratnayake captured Kapil's wicket
amid jubilation. One of the umpires, who officiated this match ran away
with a stump to the pavilion as a souvenir. Since then Sri Lanka has still
to post a win over India. To date, India has won six tests - five in home
soil, while in 1993, did well to win by 235 runs at the SSC grounds. Will
the Lankans be able to break the hoodoo or will India be able to win a
series away after their rousing 2-1 home series over mighty Australia.
Int. schools swimmers could tip the scalesThe Sri Lanka Schools swimteam standing left to right:-Second row. Thilanka Samarawickrema, Malaka Suraweera, Ragwan Madawala, S.V. Gayan Buddhika, Akshyan Rajasingham, Ranmal Wirasinghe, Naveen Karunaratne, Rumedha Madigasekera, K.K.V. Ajith Kumara. Standing first row: R.T. Perera, Uma Kaya Dharmadasa, Dulin Liyanage, D.G. Iroshani Kaushalya, Nadie Senanayake, Kamakshi Mubarak, Menaka de Silva, Melissa Boanage, Ruwika Fernando, Rukshan Gunaratne, T.K.S. Weerakody. Seated left to right - Chandri Haputhanthri (Captain), Mrs. Lalani Jayathilleka, Sunimal Silva, Mrs. Rajani de Fonseka, Ranjith Jayatilleka, Minister Susil Premajayantha, Asoka Senanayake, Phillip Amarasinghe, Chintha Ruwanpathirana, Rukshantha Fernando, (Overall Captain), Chathuranga Perera (Captain). Pix By Gemunu Wellage.
Sri Lanka will embark on its second schools swimming tour of Singapore from August 11 to 18, where they will splash it out at the first ever Asian Schools Championships at the Chinese Swimming Pool, conducted by the Singapore Schools Sports Council.
The last meet where the Sri Lankan Schools participated was the International (ISF) Meet in Shanghai in 1998.
This time the Sri Lanka Schools Aquatic Association received the invitation to participate in this first ever meet through the Education Ministry.
This meet will be conducted for boys and girls in only one age group 18, and it is heartening to note the participation of Sri Lankans attached to the International Schools, making their debut, through the courtesy extended by the Education Ministry who had given them permission to participate which no doubt augurs well for the sport for high competitiveness.
In the fray is Uma Kayva Dharmadasa, the 11-year-old from Musaeus College who will swim in four events: the 200, 400 and 800 metres free style and the 200 metres individual medley. She is a highly rated swimmer of whom much could be heard in the years to come. She is being coached by E.G.A. Wilson, a no-nonsence coach.
Uma is also a member of Otters and won the first place in the Juvenile category and finished 5th in the Open category at this year's two-mile-sea swim at Mount Lavinia.
Successs was achieved by this young swimmer with five first places at the 28th Sri Lanka Schools championships held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium Pool in the under-13 age group in the individual medley, 200, 400 free style, 4x100 metres free and medley relays and finished third in the under-18, 800 metres free style.
Overall Coach, Phillip Amarasinghe speaking to The Sunday Times, said
that he could not predict how many medals Sri Lanka could win, since he
only knew of the timings of the respective events of the Sri Lankans but
not of the other participants from the other countries.
Ties for audit'sEmployees of an audit firm were given complimentary tickets for the final of the Triangular Series and they were wearing Cricket Boards ties. How come ?
Inquiry still onA member of the Cricket Board who was paid a tidy sum as salary was interdicted. But is still drawing a half months salary. Shouldn't the findings be know within seen days? Why the delay?
Mind your businessA leading figure, after drinks was heard asking the match referee, as to what action he intends taking against the Indian Captain in the Triangular Series match against Sri Lanka. Pat came the reply, it's none of your business!
Taken for a ride
This same official , Rover learns was instrumental in stating that a few lawyers were going to Dambulla with the intention of obtaining a stay order to play the three Triangular matches there, but it turned out to be farce. The question left to be answered is who took whom for a ride ?
What a wayLeaflets were distributed at the R. Premadasa International Stadium, when the Triangular Series final between Sri Lanka and India was in progress, blaming a former Cricket Board Official for playing out money, from the Dambulla Project.
Stickers aplentyMany stickers were pasted on the walls of the Stadium, which said no smoking. Whom were they trying to drag in? Your guess is as good as mine.
No refund yetParticipants of a motor race meet in Katukurunda (both cars and motorcycles) were told to deposit Rs. 500. This sum was to be utilized for the use of the imported time equipment for official purposes. The equipment, we are told, had cost a tidy sum. But the participants are still waiting until this sum is returned. Any hope of that?
Why SLBF did not send a team?Rover is informed by the pool players that they wasted their time in undergoing training in preparation for the ABC 5 Nation Basketball Tournament held last week in Hongkong. Who is responsible for the cancellation of the tour at the last hour? Over to the President SLBF?
Who granted permission to play?How did the pool players in the Sri Lanka Basketball Federation national pool play in the Club tournament while they were undergoing training for a foreign tour? Exco members, Chief-de-Mission & Manager are in the dark about this as they never gave permission to the pool players to play for any Club? Who's is this high handed at work ask the Exco members?
Why no Accounts tabled yet?Where are the monies given by the Ministry of Sports for Development of Basketball? Why no accounts given to the Treasurer by the officials who collected the monies under the promotion scheme? Monthly accounts from March 2001 to July 2001 have not been sent to Exco members for discussion at the August Exco held last week? Over to you Minister of Sports!
Sundry Debtor for Treasurer?Rover is flooded with letters to inform that a person who owes Sri Lanka Basketball Federation Rs. 61,143.00 for a very long period has been elected as the Treasurer. What is the motive behind this appointment? Over to you Minister of Sports!
Who is this Sundry Creditor ?Rover is informed by the Exco members to ask who is this Sundry Creditor to whom Sri Lanka Basketball Federation has to give Rs. 109,316.95 in 2000? Is this name a fictitious one to cover-up monies taken by senior officials of the SLBF ? Over to you Minister of Sports!
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