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Kanaka Herath elected again as president

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Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka AGM

Kanaka Herath, State Minister of Plantation, Reza Latiff and Saman Ratnayake were elected respectively as the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Table Tennis Association at the Annual General Meeting held on the 31st of May 2021. Due to the prevailing Covid 19 prevention measures which prevent public gatherings, the AGM was held virtually via a zoom session.

Herath, is an alumni of Trinity College Kandy and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia where he pursued his bachelor in Aerospace and University of New South Wales, Australia reading for his Msc in Tech- Aviation.

Herath, was also the president of the previous committee. The TTASL could not conduct many programmes it had scheduled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. TTASL however conducted three ranking tournament for both men and women and two ranking tournament for both boys and girls in age groups of Under 18 and Under 15. The Junior and Senior nationals were expected to be held during the first week of June, but has now been postponed.

Herath wants to kick start provincial and district pool practices as soon as the situation is normalized and make arrangements to spread the sport to schools by providing equipment and coaches where possible. He was instrumental in facilitating the lease of the Bandaragama Indoor Sports Complex to house the headquarters of the TTASL and is thankful to Sports Minister Namal Rajapakse for granting his request.

Currently Table Tennis is among sports that do not have an indoor hall and has to depend on rented premises to conduct tournaments and pool practices. The facility at Bandaragama shall enable the sport to see national players regularly attending much needed training under the supervision of qualified coaches and be ready for competition at regional and international tournaments.

Reza Latiff (Representing the Western Province TTA) is not new to TTASL. Reza represented Isipathana College Colombo during the 1980s and Commercial Bank SC during the 1990s, held various senior positions in the association including that of the General Secretary in 1995/96, and was the Treasurer of the National Olympic Committee from 1997 to 2005.

Election Commissioner General of Sri Lanka Saman Ramanayake (Representing Future Spin TTA) was appointed as the Treasurer. Saman, an old boy of Ananda College Colombo, has been in the TTASL previously holding posts of Treasurer and General Secretary.

Vice Presidents:

M Namal Gunasekara – Women’s Working Group, L C K Liyanage – Stag TT Academy, P Sadisi Nirasha Kumari Pieris – Three Star Sports Club, H M P Lasantha Sanjeewa – Nuwaraeliya District TTA, Oshadee Owanthika Gunasekara – Tibhar Sports Club, N.B.M.B.S. Niyarepola – State Services TTA, H.D.S.P. Wijayagunaratna – Kelaniya University, Assistant Secretary – A.P.L.D. Prabath Nimesh (Playgrounds TT League)

Assistant Treasurer –

M.A.E.S. Mallawaarachchi (Sabaragamuwa Province TTA)



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Australia T20 captain retires from international cricket

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Aaron Finch hit 63 in his final international innings against Ireland at the 2022 Men's T20 World Cup (pic BBC)

BBC reported that former Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Opening batter Finch, 36, was Australia’s T20 captain, having retired from one-day internationals in September..

He represented Australia in five Tests, 146 one-day internationals and 103 T20s, leading them to their first T20 World Cup title in 2021.

Finch said it had been “incredible honour” to play for Australia.

He is set to continue playing in domestic T20 competitions, including in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Melbourne Renegades.

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Fun Run announcing Asian Games at Port City today

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The Fun Run announcing the Asian Games will be held at Port City today. The event was announced at a function held in Colombo on Monday.

The official Fun Run announcing the 19th Asian Games will be held under the patronage of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam and a host of dignitaries at the Colombo International Financial City (Port City) today.

The quadrennial Asian Games which was originally scheduled for September 2022 was postponed in May due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in and around the host city of Hangzhou in China. The Game will now be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023 under the motto of “Heart to Heart, @Future.”

The ‘Fun Run’ which acts like a baton relay of sorts was announced at a function held in Colombo yesterday.

The Fun Run will be held at the presence of Wu Jianzhong -Deputy Director of Games Services Department, Ge Jianyang -Staff of Press and Public Relations Department, Bao Hanyuan -Staff of Games Services Department and delegates from the Olympic Council of Asia. The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka will be represented by its President Suresh Subramaniam, Secretary General NOC Sri Lanka Maxwell de Silva along with the executive committee of the NOC Sri Lanka.

To liven up this colourful pageant there will be a surfeit of sports and cultural activities involving over 700 persons. The highlight of the day’s activity will be a Jet Ski show presented by Sri Lanka Navy and a traditional Martial Art -Angampora Demonstration recited by the Army sports division. The President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka Suresh Subramaniam aired the importance of the Fun Run. He said “the presence of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam who is the main cog behind Asian Games 2022, signifies how serious they are about the success of the event. Besides that, there is a host of other Games Officials who will await eagerly to see the successful completion of this event and report back as to what Sri Lanka is capable of delivering. For us this is a momentous opportunity and we are taking it with both hands”.

Commenting on the significance of the event, NOC Sri Lanka Secretary General Maxwell de Silva said “akin to the Olympic Day Run or the Commonwealth Games Baton relay or the Asian Games Fun Run is very significant. In reality the “Fun Run” is the flag-off of the event and the Lankan leg of the baton that will take place at the Port City, Colombo.” The Olympic Council of Asia is stepping up its “Asian Games for All” promotional campaign right now.

A major part of this campaign is the Asian Games Fun Run, which is held throughout the continent and brings together elite athletes, social runners, students/children and sports officials. The OCA is working closely with the National Olympic Committees in all five zones to create a Fun Run calendar in order to promote the upcoming Asian Games and involve all levels of the community in a family-oriented activity. To this end, the OCA has released a schedule for February and March taking in two of the five zones: South Asia and South East Asia. The programme is still being assembled for the three remaining zones -West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia -in conjunction with the NOCs and will be released shortly.

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Amameth century propels Mahanama

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by Reemus Fernando

A century by Kavindu Amameth was the highlight of the day as Mahanama posted 363 runs against De Mazenod on day one of the traditional cricket encounter at Kandana on Monday.

Amameth top scored with 126 runs (in 173 balls, 9x4s, 4x6s) and put on a third wicket stand of 206 runs with Inuka Karannagoda as Mahanama dominated proceedings on day one.

In the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ match at Uyanwatta, St. Servatius’ cemented their top position in Group ‘Z’ by scoring a first innings points against Devapathiraja.

Results

St. Servatius’ earn first innings points against Devapathiraja at Uyanwatta

Scores:

Devapathiraja

113 all out in 35.3 overs (Gimhan Rasanjana 24, Pawan Sandesh 24, Tharush Damindu 3/18, Kushan Wijerama 4/25, Chathum Bimsara 2/32) and 151 for 8 decl. in 36.2 overs (Darshaka Sandeep 46, Jeewaka Shashin 31; Chathum Bimsara 2/21, Kushan Wijerama 3/34, Thisan Dewmith 2/40)

St. Servatius’

92 for 6 overnight 123 all out in 48.3 overs (Mithila Charles 39, Vishwa Supun 23, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 25; Irushka Thimira 6/47, Puljith Wathsuka 2/34) and 110 for 4 in 26.2 overs (Mithila Charles 27, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 36, Chiran Neththaru 23n.o.; Puljith Wathsuka 2/38)

Mahanama dominate day one proceedings at Kandana

Scores:

Mahanama

363 all out in 92.1 overs (Kavindu Amameth 126, Inuka Karannagoda 75, Rashmika Perera 52, Chamika Heenatigala 24, Eshan Withanage 24; Kavindu Kaushalya 4/97, Thushan Udayanga 3/64, Sithum Fernando 3/71)

De Mazenod

2 for 1 in 5 overs

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