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Hashan Tillakaratne appointed Bangladesh women’s head coach

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Hashan’s appointment is for two years

Bangladesh have appointed former Sri Lankan batsman Hashan Tillakaratne as the head coach of the women’s team for the next two years.

Tillakaratne, the current Sri Lankan women’s head coach, will arrive in November to take up the responsibility.

Nadel Chowdhury, BCB women’s cricket chairman, confirmed the development, adding that they finalized the deal during the Asia Cup, played in Bangladesh recently.

“We have appointed Tillakaratne for next two years as the head coach of our women’s team and we are expecting him to arrive in November to take up the responsibility,” said Nadel.

“We were looking for a coach for our women’s team for a long time but due to different reasons failed to do so but now we are happy to appoint a coach of his stature for our women’s team,” he said.

“He’s got huge experience not only as a player but as a coach as well and we feel he is the right person to guide our women’s team,” he added.

Bangladesh women’s team has been guided by local coaches since the departure of Anju Jain as BCB failed to appoint Mark Robinson though initially they were confident of roping him in.

BCB later gave the charge over to Shahnewaz but later changed him with his deputy AKM Mahmud Emon.

(Cricbuzz)



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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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