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Badminton Federation expects Niluka to be fit for postponed Nationals

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by Reemus Fernando

The Badminton Federation of Sri Lanka is expecting Olympian Niluka Karunaratne to be fit to compete at the Badminton Nationals 2020 which has been postponed by one week to February 17.

A senior official of the Sri Lanka Badminton Federation said that Karunaratne who was found Covid 19 positive was doing his part to keep fit while in quarantine.

“He is doing his best to keep himself fit. We are expecting him to be fit to compete at the Badminton Nationals 2020,” said Trevor Reckerman, the CEO of Sri Lanka Badminton.

He said that the Nationals would be vital to Karunaratne’s preparations for Olympic qualification as he is expected to take part in an International event in mid March.

“We expect all top players to compete at the Nationals. We are glad that players who were sent for PCR tests after Karunaratne being found positive have all returned negative results,” he said.

The Badminton Nationals 2020 was earlier scheduled for a February 10 start.

The CEO of the Federation said that the surge of entries and several requests from badminton enthusiasts had compelled them to postpone the event by one week.

The authorities have now included four more events for veteran players.

Lal Ekanayake, the Director General of the Sports Medicine Institute said that all athletes including badminton players who were using Sports Ministry’s Torrington facility for fitness training were directed for PCR tests following Niluka’s Covid 19 positive result.

“Of them, we have not received any positive results so far. Niluka had not trained there after he had developed signs of fever,” Ekanayake told The Island yesterday.

Niluka Karunaratne who is seeking qualification for the postponed Tokyo Olympics this year made his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympics where he beat then world number eight Kenichi Tago of Japan to enter the last 16 round.

(RF)



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Navy men and women record wins at Inter Club rugby matches

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The men’s and women’s rugby teams of the Navy secured two more wins in their encounters over the Air Force in the Sri Lanka Rugby Nippon Paint Inter Club League Rugby Tournament at the Navy Rugby Ground, Welisara.

Navy men scored a thrilling 32-31 victory over Air Force where T.M. Weerasinghe added points through three conversions and two penalties. Further, S.J.F. Gregory, R.A.N.U. Perera, M.A.F.M. Mushin and G.D.J. Laksara also made a try each.

In the meantime, Navy women recorded a comprehensive 55-0 win over their Air Force counterparts. In this encounter, A.H.S. Madumali scored three tries and collected points through five conversions. In addition, R.S.H. Kumari scored two tries and P. Dilani, M.R. Kumudumalee, G.G. Randunu and W.R.W. Vithana too scored a try each.

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Dinara, Sajida win first-round matches

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ITF Junior Circuit Week I Tournament

Dinara de Silva and Sajida Razick won their respective first-round matches of the ITF Junior Circuit Week I tournament which commenced at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association courts on Monday.

De Silva beat Silvia Caliman of Spain 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round and Sajida Razick overcame India’s Gagana Mohal with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in her match.

The tournament is set to conclude on February 5.

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St. Anthony’s in command against Ananda

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Under 19 Cricket

Kaveesha Piyumal and Induwara Galapitage shocked Ananda sharing six wickets between them as St. Anthony’s, Katugastota contained the home team to 56 for eight wickets at stumps after posting a commanding 268 on day one of the Under 19 traditional match at Ananda Mawatha on Monday.

Mohomed Aaqil (73) and Kavindu Shehan (46) gave the hosts an ideal start adding 90 runs for the first wicket after they decided to bat first. Lahiru Abeysinghe, Rayan Anthonyzs and Janith Rathnasiri then made vital contributions for them to reach 268 runs.

In their essay home team were rocked by the visitors as Piyumal grabbed for wickets for 17 runs to rattle the middle order.

Scores:

St. Anthony’s

268 all out in 54 overs (Mohomed Aaqil 73, Kavindu Shehan 46, Lahiru Abeysinghe 47, Rayan Anthonyzs 27, Janith Rathnasiri 36, Charuka Ekanayake 21; Kithma Sithmal 3/86, Ashinsa Nainayake 2/57, Ayesh Shashimal 5/40)

Ananda

56 for 8 in 32 overs (Kaveesha Piyumal 4/17, Induwara Galapitage 2/11) (RF)

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