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Shotokan Ryu Karate Nissei kai Association awards black belts

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Shotokan Ryu Karate Nissei kai Association of Sri Lanka ceremonially presented International and National Karate Black Belt awards on July 26 at Nisse Kai Dojo in Negombo. The Karate Black Belt awards were presented by the Chief Guest, the Senior Lecturer Anoma Rathnayake from the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty
of Social Sciences from the Kelaniya University.

The Special Guest of Honour was Shiran Crusepulle the founder of Headway Educational Centre. He was joined by the President of the Shotokan Ryu Karate Nissei kai Association Mervin Fernandopulle and chief instructor Gihan Soba Subasinghe to present awards. International Black Belt awards were presented to 22 students while 18 students received National Karate Black Belts.

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Arjuna Ranatunga on Dean Jones

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I don’t think I have got too many friends in Australia but last week I lost a dear one – Dean Jones. Don’t get me wrong, he was one of fiercest competitors that I have come across playing two decades of Test cricket but off the field he was very friendly, unassuming and good natured guy.

We were contemporaries. He was two years older than me and made his Test debut two years after me.

People tend to measure the greatness of a player by judging whether he had done well in places like Australia or England. Well, that is up for debate. In that case, I reckon, we have to also see how players from England and Australia fared in places like India. That is why Dean Jones is such a special player. I am never one to read too much into numbers but I am told that Deano averaged something like 92 in India and that is a stat that any player, especially those from England and Australia can be proud of.

He was also a thorn in our flesh always making runs against us. Deano’s Test average of 60 and ODI average of 109 against us would tell you the story.

Deano was a very good analyst of the game. He understood complex situations and how to counter them. He was certainly a trend setter and there was much that we could learn from his game. His running between the wickets stood out and you had to be on your toes when he was out in the middle. His fielding was exciting as well and he brought in so much energy to the side. I am sure someone like Allan Border who had the task of rebuilding the Australian side following some high profile retirements valued the presence of Deano in the side.

Deano was very fond of Asian cricket. He spent lot of time in Sri Lanka doing commentaries and that gave us an opportunity to catch up. He spent quite a bit of time in other Asian countries as well.

I have lost a dear friend. Deano has left us too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

(World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga was talking to The Island’s Rex Clementine)

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President’s Gold Cup Volleyball 2019

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A superb third set rally by Ranthuru Sports SC just fell short to beat Siyane Tharu Sports Club of Gampaha in the finals of the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball powered by Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider.

 The final which was played-off at the National Youth Services Centre, Maharagama, the eventual winners, Siyane Tharu Sports Club, Gampaha beat Rantharu Sports SC, Debagama 03 sets to 02.

Siyatha Tharu won the, first set, 25-23, the second set by 25-16 and the decisive fifth and final set by 15-12, while losing the third set 21-25 and the fourth set 19-25.

While in the keenly contested women’s final, Golden Bird SC of Radawana beat Rathnapala SC of Mahausweva 03 sets to 01.

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Now, Bangladesh ask for three day quarantine

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by Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka Cricket has been left with Hobson’s choice and postpone the three match Test series against Bangladesh after their cricket board had informed on Friday that they are willing to follow only three days of quarantine in Colombo ahead of the series.

Earlier, Bangladesh had informed SLC that they were willing to do only seven days of quarantine as opposed to two weeks of mandatory quarantine stipulated by the Health Ministry.

Sunday Island

learns that SLC had reached an agreement with Health Ministry to reduce the quarantine days to seven and then send all players and support staff into ‘a bubble’ and resume training ahead of the series.

However, with the tourists asking for a further reduction of quarantine days, there are doubts that the series will take place as expected next month. They are already in quarantine in Dhaka.

“We will know what are the guidelines the Health Ministry wants us to follow by Monday, but we don’t think that three days of quarantine is feasible. We know that the Health Ministry and the Task Force established to battle COVID-19 have done a terrific job in containing the pandemic and need to follow their guidelines,” an SLC official told Sunday Island.

“The problem is one of the Bangladesh players and a member of the support staff have been tested positive and we get the feeling the Health Ministry would not want to take any chances. So we will wait and see”

Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan and trainer Nick Lee were tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Interestingly, Lee was Sri Lanka’s trainer until recently before he joined Bangladesh.

The guidelines that Health Ministry issues to resume international cricket will be passed onto other cricket playing nations who are set to play bilateral series in Sri Lanka. SLC officials were not too sure whether they would be able to have any international cricket this year.

The Board however is confident that the inaugural Lanka Premier League tournament will take place as scheduled in November. SLC said that good progress is being made in organizing the event and a grand show is expected in November.

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