Boxers look forward to better performances

13th South Asian Games



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The 14-member Sri Lanka boxing team, including nine men and five women, will be making a bid to overhaul the medal haul the country won in boxing at the last games when they compete in the ring at the 13th South Asian Games 2019 to be held from December 5-10 in Kathmandu, Nepal.


M.P.G. Sanjeewa Nuwan a solider from the Army will represent the 49Kg weight category. Sanjeewa has been the unbeaten Champion of this weight category during this year. K.V.L. Eranda a product from Gamini Central Ingiriya was lucky to be selected for his fine display of footwork and technical skills during the Selection Trial Tournament although he has not won any Local major tournaments in the past. Nuwan Amarawansha, 23, a two-time Stubbs champion from Peradeniya, got the nod of the selectors after a fine display of boxing against the Army’s knockout specialist Weerakkodi a silver medalist at the SAG in 2016.


In the women’s division experienced Air Force star Sajeewani Cooray impress the selection beating Sewwandi Thalgaspitiya who prevailed in both the Layton and Clifford Cup championships. Cooray, a five-time national bantam weight champion, for her part is a rugged fighter losing to India’s world number three at the Thailand Open held early has represented the country at Asian Women Championships in Bangkok and World Military Games in China during this year.


The Sri Lankan management is confident of overhauling their previous SAG boxing medal haul of five silver and four bronze medals in India in 2016. "We are hoping to win at least three gold medals, six silver medals," declared Aubrey Peiris, vice president of the BASL who will accompany the team as manager.


The coaching staff will be headed by Amila Aravinda Tissera of Vidyarathane University College fame, a national level coach since 2012 with 25 years of experience. An AIBA 3-star coach, he has been to two World Championships, and was head coach when Sri Lanka won three bronze medals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year. He will be assisted by AIBA 3-star coaches Chamila Abeyratne and Ravindra Wekadapola in addition to experienced Army AIBA 1 Star coach and former SAG Bronze medalist Sampath Jayathilaka. The Team will leave for Nepal on 3rd December 2019.


Squad:


Men’s


Light Fly weight (46kg) - M.P.G. Sanjeewa Nuwan, Fly weight (53kg) – K.V.L. Eranda, Bantam weight (56kg) – U.N.K. Amarawansha, Light weight (60kg) - N.B.A.J. Vimukthi Kumara, Light Welter weight (64kg) - P.V.D.D.D. Saparamadu, Welter weight (69kg) - N.M. Hettiarachchi, Middle weight (75kg) – P.D.D. Maduranga, Light Heavy weight (81kg) – W.A.R. Sandakelum, Super Heavy weight (91+kg) - A.R.B.E. Thilakarathna.


Women’s


Light Fly weight (45-48kg) - Nadeeka Puspakumari, Fly weight (48-51kg) - A.A.K. Nilmini, Bantam weight (51-54kg) - M.P.P.S. Cooray, Feather weight (54-57kg) - K.A.D. Dharmatilleke, Light weight (57-60kg) – K.A.K. Hansika.


Officials:


Manager: Aubrey Peiris


Coaches: Amila Aravinda Tissera, Sampath Jayathilaka, Chamila Abeyratne and Ravindra Wekadapola.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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