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Dialog Launches Wishing Sticker Campaign in support of the Asian Champions

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Pasting the inaugural sticker on a vehicle of a Sri Lanka cricket fan at the SLC Premises. 

Official sponsor of the National Cricket Team, Dialog Axiata PLC launched a wishing sticker campaign in support of the National T20 Cricket Team who qualified for the Super 12 Round of the World Cup currently played in Australia.

After their resounding win against Pakistan in the finals of the Asia Cup 2022, which secured their sixth Asian Title, the Lions will be setting their sights to raise the bar even higher and secure the world T20 title for the second time playing against the top sides of world cricket.

An island-wide wishing sticker campaign organised by sponsor of the national cricket team, Dialog Axiata with the blessing of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) hopes to rally fans around in support of the National Cricket Team who qualified for the Super 12 Round of the2022T20 World Cup by defeating the United Arab Emirates and Netherlands. The wishing sticker campaign will cover selected provinces of the country despite the inclement weather.

By Scanning the QR (Quick Response) code in the sticker, supporters and fans can wish and cheer on the national cricket team to bring home the World Cup after a dearth of eight long years. Cricket fans can also visit dlg.lk/apekollo to access the wishing portal and submit their wishes in support of the national cricket team and win exciting cricket memorabilia from Dialog “This initiative is a welcome boost for the national team gearing up for the Super 12 Round of the T20 World Cup, as they will face the best teams in the world and I’m thankful to Dialog Axiata for this initiative, which is a part of its wish campaign,” Upul Navaratne Bandara, Head of Marketing, SLC said.

The 2022 ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s T20World Cup is the pinnacle of the shortest version of the sport and at present the world title is held by the 2022 hosts, Australia who beat the Black Caps by 8 wickets last year. Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams.

The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Paralympic sports -by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.



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Tharushi, Nirmali improve meet records in 800 metres

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All Island Schools Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Ratnayake Central, Walala prodigy Tharushi Karunaratne and Asian Youth Athletics Championship medallist Nirmali Wickramasinghe smashed meet records as they further boosted girls’ 800 metres as the most promising athletics discipline in the women’s category in Sri Lanka on day four of the All Island Schools Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Monday.

World Junior Championship participant Karunaratne slashed nearly four seconds from Dilshi Kumarasinghe’s 2017 record (2:12.28 seconds) as she won the Under 20 girls’ 800 metres in a time of 2:08.16 seconds.

It was the third meet record she established during this meet. She erased the 400 metres and 4×400 metres relay records before reaching the 800 metres as the clear favourite. She has also had under her belt the 200 metres title of that age category.

In the Under 18 age category Nirmali Wickramasinghe of Wickramabahu National School, Gampola lived up to her billing as she erased one of the older records in the meet. She returned a time of 2:13.09 seconds to beat the 2003 record (2:13.49 secs) held by Kushani Nelum Kularatne of Elapatha MV.

The day’s fastest performance in the 800 metres was produced by Kavishka Sri Bandara (Elapatha MV) who came almost close to breaking the meet record with a feat of 1:52.67 seconds in the Under 20 boys’ event. He has further cemented his place as the fastest athlete of this discipline in the Junior category this year slashing nearly two seconds off his June performance.

In the Under 18 boys’ category Roshen Fernandopulle of Maris Stella College, Negombo ran two solid laps though he only managed only clock sub two minutes (1:59.87).

Ashmika Keshan Korala of Yoshida International School, Sapugaskanda emerged victorious in the Under 20 boys’ triple jump as he cleared 15.57 metres to create a new meet record. Korala broke the record held by Chamal Kumarasiri (15.52m-2015).

Janith Shenal of Lyceum International, Wattala in action in the Under 18 boys’ discus throw.

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Royal Institute karatekas excel winning 32 medals

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Inter–International Schools Karate Championship 2022

Karatekas from Royal Institute Colombo secured 32 medals in four categories at the recently concluded Inter–International Schools Karate Championship at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

They clinched 14 gold, four silver and 14 bronze medals while winning titles in the under 11, 12, 13 and 14 age categories.

The team competed under the guidance of coach Shihan Seeta Wijewardana. The winners of various categories were: Under 11 – Bhagya Leelarathna (Nugegoda Branch), Under 12 – Sanuli Nethara (Nugegoda Branch), Under 13 – Mahira Mariam (Maya Avenue Branch) and Under 14 – Saveen Imanga (Nugegoda Branch).

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Nadun equals Randeniya’s national junior record

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Samadi shatters 14-year-old meet record

All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Royal College athlete Nadun Bandara equaled the national junior record in the 110 metres hurdles and Samadi Lakshani Dissanayake of Swarnamali Balika, Kandy took under her belt the meet record in the Under 20 100 metres hurdles as they breathed new life to sprint hurdles on day four of the All Island Schools Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Monday.

The premier schools event had not witnessed a sub 14 seconds performance in the Under 20 age category until the World Junior Championship participant blazed the track with a scintillating 13.64 seconds finish yesterday.

Bandara shattered Josephian Sheshan Kariyawasam’s meet record (14.21 secs- 2018) and equaled Supun Viraj Randeniya’s National Junior record, which the latter had established ten years ago in Ranchi.

With his latest feat Bandara has his name written against all age group (Under 16 100m in 2018 , Under 18 110m in 2019 and Under 20 110m) hurdles records of this meet.

In the girls’ Under 20 100 metres hurdles, Swarnamali Balika athlete Samadi Lakshani Dissanayake shattered Harshani Wijesinghe’s meet record (14.66 secs) established in 2008 with a feat of 14.55 seconds.

In a remarkable field event achievement, Hasitha Kavinda Dissanayake of Gnanodaya M.M.V, Wariyapola cleared 15.14 metres to establish a new meet record in the Under 18 boys’ triple jump. It was the first time that an athlete in his age category cleared the 15 metres barrier in the Under 18 triple jump at these championships.

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