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Airmen excel at IPSC Sharp Shooter Championship

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Sri Lanka Air Force shooting team became champions at the IPSC Sharp Shooter Championship 2020 organized by the Hill Country Sports Shooting Club, Kandy. This event was held on the 02nd and 03rd October 2020 at the Hill Country Sports Shooting Range, Hanthana, Kandy.

IPSC Sharp Shooter Championships-2020 is an internationally recognized Level III competition and trial to select National level shooters to represent Sri Lanka in International encounters for the year 2021. More than 183 top Shooters from 16 Shooting Clubs in the country including Army, Navy and Police participated at this major event.

The SLAF Shooting Team consisting of 01 Officer, 14 airmen and 05 women, took part in 27 events under three categories (open, production and standard).

The SLAF shooters were adjudged as ‘champions’ with an unreachable lead by wining a total of 11 Golds, 09 Silver and 07 Bronze medals.

The awards ceremony was held on 04th of October 2020 at Hill Country Sports Shooting Range, Kandy under the patronage of the Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs Hon. Namal Rajapaksha.

Further, Cabinet Minister of Road Development Hon. Johnston Fernando, Chairman National Rifle Association and Chairman SLAF Shooting Air Commodore Janaka Amerasinghe graced the occasion as guest of honors.

 

Following are the Medals won by SLAF shooters during the event.

 

1. Production Division Individual (Men)

017713 CPL Fernando PMMR Gold Medal

 

2. Open Division Individual (Men)

34076 CPL Wijesooriya NP Gold Medal

34486 CPL Fernando HKDD Silver Medal

 

3. Open Division Individual (Women)

AW/3066 CPL Mudunkoth MGDPK Silver Medal

 

4. Standard Division Individual (Women)

AW/3651 LAC Wickramasinghe HDCL Silver Medal

AW/3429 CPL Mekala AT Bronze Medal

 

5. Shotgun Standard Division Individual (Men)

34486 CPL Fernando HKDD Gold Medal

37589 CPL Madushanka RGP Silver Medal

 

6. Shotgun Standard Division Individual (Women)

AW/3066 CPl Mudunkoth MGDPK Silver Medal

 

7. Shotgun Standard Manual Division Individual (Men)

017713 CPL Fernando PMMR Bronze Medal

 

8. Shotgun Standard Manual Division Individual (Women)

AW/3232 LAC Chamila Kumari HK Gold Medal

AW/3651 LAC Wickramasinghe HDCL Silver Medal

AW/2908 CPL Waidyarathna WMS Bronze Medal

 

9. Man Vs Man Open Division

34486 CPl Fernando HKDD Gold Medal

34076 CPL Wijesooriya NP Bronze Medal

 

10. Man Vs Man Production Division

017713 CPL Fernando PMMR Gold Medal

37197 CPL Pryashan HTWJ Bronze Medal

 

11. “Bianchi Cup” Overall Production Division

017713 CPL Fernando PMMR Silver Medal

37197 CPL Pryashan HTWJ Bronze Medal

 

12. “Bianchi Cup” Overall Open Division

34076 CPL Wijesooriya NP Gold Medal

 

13. Open Division (Men) team Champion

34076 CPL Wijesooriya NP Gold Medal

34486 CPL Fernando HKDD

37589 CPL Madishanka RGP

018988 CPL Gayashan HST

 

14. Production Division Team (Men) 1st Runner Up

36393 CPL Kodithuwakku GH Silver Medal

37197 CPL Priyashan HTWJ

017713 CPL Fernando PMMR

42180 LAC Chathuranga LLC

 

15. Standard Division Team (Men) 2nd Runner Up

37058 CPL Bandara KADS Bronze Medal

014855 CPL Padmasiri JPH

022251 CPL Vithana PEGNM

36799 LAC Bandara SKGNS

 

16. Standard Division Team (Women) Champion

AW/2908 CPL Waidyarathna WMS Gold Medal

AW/3429 CPL Mekala AT

AW/3232 LAC Chamila Kumari HK

AW/3651 LAC Wikramasinghe HDCL

 

17. Shotgun Standard Division Team (Men)

34076 CPL Wijesooriya NP Gold Medal

34486 CPL Fernando HKDD

37589 CPL Madishanka RGP

018988 CPL Gayashan HST

 

18. Shotgun Standard Manual Division Team (Men)

36393 CPL Kodithuwakku GH Silver Medal

37197 CPL Priyashan HTWJ

017713 CPL Fernando PMMR

42180 LAC Chathuranga LLC

 

19. Shotgun Standard Manual Division Team (Women)

AW/2908 CPL Waidyarathna WMS Gold Medal

AW/3429 CPL Mekala AT

AW/3232 LAC Chamila Kumari HK

AW/3651 LAC Wikramasinghe HDCL

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Colombo win Super Over thriller in LPL opener

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Colombo Kings came from behind to tie the curtain-raiser of the Lanka Premier League against Kandy Tuskers and then held onto a tensed win in the Super Over at Hambantota yesterday.

There was lot of exciting cricket and Kandy Tuskers looked to be having the game in the bag but Colombo Kings snatched victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to some brilliant all-round performance from Isuru Udana, the only Sri Lankan to get an IPL contract this year.

 Set a stiff target of 220, Colombo were well on course as Dinesh Chandimal produced a fine effort posting 80 off 46 balls. The T-20 format often requires improvisation but Chandimal’s were pure cricketing shots as he showcased that he can still excel in the shortest format of the game without slogging.

Chandimal was guilty of throwing it away though as he sliced a Naveen-ul-Haq delivery to third man where Nuwan Pradeep completed the catch.

Colombo lost Thikshila de Silva and skipper Angelo Mathews in quick succession but the presence of big hitting Andre Russell kept them in the hunt.

But Nuwan Pradeep returned for a second spell to claim two wickets including that of Russell and soon Kandy were in the driver’s seat again.

But Isuru Udana threw caution to the wind smashing 34 off 12 balls including four sixes to tie the game.

Colombo needed three to win in the last ball but Udana could only manage two sending the game to a Super Over.

Colombo managed 16 runs in the Super Over and then Udana was entrusted to defend it and he did a terrific job as Kandy could only get 11 runs.

Kandy owed it to their skipper Kusal Janith Perera, whose splendid effort gave them a competitive total of 219. KJP top scored with 87 runs off 52 balls with nine fours and four sixes.

Together with Rahmanullah Gurbaz (53), KJP gave his side a good start. Kandy’s 100 runs came in the eighth over and from thereon, they only had to bat sensibly to set a daunting target.

In the end, it all proved to be insufficient.

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Successful staging of LPL would pave the way for other sports to resume – Dr. Lal Ekanayake

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by Reemus Fernando

Dr. Lal Ekanayake, the Director General of the Institute of Sports Medicine expressed hope that Lanka Premier League (LPL) cricket tourney which was scheduled to start in the evening yesterday would be the first step towards resumption of sports in the country despite a rise in the number of Covid 19 positive cases.

“Successful staging of the LPL tournament will pave the way for other sports to resume under new normal conditions. The sports minister too is looking at the possibilities of starting other sports events after the successful conclusion of the LPL,” said Ekanayake in an interview with The Island.

“The Covid 19 is unlikely to leave us soon. Experts say that this will stay for a couple of years. In such a scenario responsibility is on us to prepare ways to resume sports,” said Ekanayake.

“Even some countries which are worst affected by the pandemic have resumed sports under new normal. Sometimes there is confusion regarding health guidelines. But if we plan properly sports can resume,” opined Ekanayake.

“Many international sports events scheduled for next year will happen as scheduled. We cannot hold back. We are going to take part in these championships. The postponed Olympics is happening later next year. So are other international events,” said Ekanayake.

Ekanayake said that his institution was looking forward to support sports associations conduct their competitions. Sri Lanka Athletics is one of the hardest hit sports and the track and field governing body has scheduled the National Championship to December after the cancellations of many top level competitions throughout the year.

Ekanayake has expressed his views on resuming track and field sports on previous occasions as well. He has cited track and field sports as a low risk sports and has the ability to resume despite the pandemic.

Sri Lanka’s sportsmen and women are scheduled to take part in a number of international events in 2021 and 2022. Resumption of local competitions including national championships is going to benefit them.

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Diego Maradona – Argentina’s flawed football icon

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Dazzling, infamous, extraordinary, genius, outrageous. Diego Maradona. A flawed football icon.

One of the game’s most gifted players, the Argentine boasted a rare combination of flair, flamboyance, vision and speed which mesmerised fans.

He also outraged supporters with his controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal and plunged into a mire of drug abuse and personal crises off the pitch.

Born 60 years ago in a Buenos Aires shanty town, Diego Armando Maradona escaped the poverty of his youth to become a football superstar considered by some to be even greater than Brazil’s Pele.

The Argentine, who scored 259 goals in 491 matches, pipped his South American rival in a poll to determine the greatest player of the 20th Century, before Fifa changed the voting rules so both players were honoured.

Maradona showed prodigious ability from a young age, leading Los Cebollitas youth team to a 136-game unbeaten streak and going on to make his international debut aged just 16 years and 120 days.

Short and stocky, at just 5ft 5in, he was not your typical athlete.

But his silky skills, agility, vision, ball control, dribbling and passing more than compensated for lack of pace and occasional weight problems.

He may have been a whizz at running rings round hostile defenders but he found it harder to dodge trouble.

Maradona’s 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina tell only part of the story of his rollercoaster international career.

He led his country to victory at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and a place in the final four years later.

In the quarter-final of the earlier tournament, there was a foretaste of the controversy that would later engulf his life.

The match against England already had an extra friction, with the Falklands War between the two countries having taken place only four years beforehand. That on-field edge was to become even more intense.

With 51 minutes gone and the game goalless, Maradona jumped with opposing goalkeeper Peter Shilton and scored by punching the ball into the net.

He later said the goal came thanks to “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God”.

Four minutes later, he scored what has been described as the ‘goal of the century’ – collecting the ball in his own half before embarking on a bewitching, mazy run that left several players trailing before he rounded Shilton to score.

“You have to say that is magnificent. There is no doubt about that goal. That was just pure football genius,” said BBC commentator Barry Davies.

England pulled one back but Argentina went through, with Maradona saying it was “much more than winning a match, it was about knocking out the English”.

Maradona broke the world transfer record twice – leaving Boca Juniors in his home country for Spanish side Barcelona for £3m in 1982 and joining Italian club Napoli two years later for £5m.

There were more than 80,000 fans in the Stadio San Paolo when he arrived by helicopter. A new hero.

He played the best club football of his career in Italy, feted by supporters as he inspired the side to their first league titles in 1987 and 1990 and the Uefa Cup in 1989.

A party to celebrate the first triumph lasted five days with hundreds of thousands on the streets, but Maradona was suffocated by the attention and expectation.

“This is a great city but I can hardly breathe. I want to be free to walk around. I’m a lad like any other,” he said.

He became inextricably linked to the Camorra crime syndicate, dragged down by a cocaine addiction and embroiled in a paternity suit.

After losing 1-0 to Germany in the final of Italia 90, a positive dope test the following year triggered a 15-month ban.

He returned and arrested his slide, appearing to get his act together to play in the 1994 World Cup in the USA.

But he alarmed viewers with a maniacal full-face goal celebration into a camera and was withdrawn midway through the tournament after he was found to have taken the banned substance ephedrin. (BBC Sport)

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