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Sri Lanka Athletics announces the fate of future events

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While none of the athletes could reach tough qualifying standards for the quadrennial games in Tokyo on the wet weather hampered day, junior athlete Tharushi Karunaratne (881) reached qualifying standards for the World Under-20 Championships to be held in Nairobi.

by Reemus Fernando

Sri Lanka Athletics will conduct a special Selection Trial to choose athletes for the World Under-20 Championships to be held in Kenya in the event of the Junior Nationals being cancelled due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

Sri Lanka Athletics reiterated yesterday that it will conduct the remaining events of the 99th National Championships after giving one month prior notice and will conduct a selection trial for juniors in July.

“We will conduct all remaining 29 events of the National Championship in three or four stages when normalcy returns,” Palitha Fernando, the president of Sri Lanka Athletics told The Island on Monday.

There was uncertainty regarding the disciplines which were not conducted during the first stage of the National Championship. The Sri Lanka Athletics had earlier scheduled the 99th National Championship to be conducted in four stages over four weekends starting from the May 22 and 23 weekend. The newly imposed travel restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic have made it impossible to conduct the events in the immediate future. When the sport’s governing body decides to conduct events the athletes will be given prior notice.

“As you are aware we have postponed the Junior National Championship due to the present pandemic situation. The fresh dates will be informed in due course and we will give minimum six weeks for preparation for athletes and coaches,” Fernando said.

The track and field governing body conducted the first stage of the 99th National Championship on Friday prioritizing Olympic targeted events. While none of the athletes could reach tough qualifying standards for the quadrennial games in Tokyo on the wet weather hampered day, junior athlete Tharushi Karunaratne reached qualifying standards for the World Under-20 Championships to be held in Nairobi.

So far three athletes have reached qualifying standards for the World Under-20 Championships. Holy Cross College, Gampaha athlete Shanika Lakshani and Ratnayake Central runner Karunaratne in the 800 metres and Asian Youth Championship medallist Isuru Kaushalya in the 400 metres have reached qualifying standards for the World Under-20 event.

Sri Lanka Athletics is looking forward to conduct the Junior Nationals Championship to give opportunities to those who have trained under trying circumstances due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

In the event of the Junior National Championship being cancelled, a Selection Trial will be held for a selected number of events.

“There are few athletes who are on the verge of qualifying standards for the Junior World event. In worst-case scenario a selection trial will be held for a selected number of events to pick a team,” said a senior official.



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Savinka, Rashmi win U-19 singles titles

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Under 19 boys’ runner up Jason Homer(left) and champion Savinaka Weerasekara.

38th National Junior Badminton Championships

Savinaka Weerasekera of D.S. Senanayake College and Rashmi Mudalige of Gateway International School emerged Under-19 boys’ and girls’ champions respectively while Pulina Wellalage of St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa clinched a triple crown at the 38th National Junior Badminton Championships held in Colombo.

At the annual event conducted by Sri Lanka Badminton in association with Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association, Weerasekera defeated Jason Homer of the Royal Institute International School 21-11, 21-11 in the Under-19 boys’ singles final at the Sugathadasa Indoor Sports Complex.

Weerasekera then teamed up with Homer to beat Ashinsa Herath and Vidusha Sumanadasa of Royal College 21-18, 21-16 to win the doubles title in the same age group.

In the Under-19 girls’ singles final, Rashmi Mudalige beat Ondi Sethuki (Southland’s College, Galle) 16-21, 21-14, 21-14.

Mudalige also secured her second title when she teamed up with young badminton sensation Wellalage to defeat Shenuk Samararatne and Sithuki Onadee 17-21, 21-19, 21-19 and win the U-19 mixed doubles final.

In the U-19 girls’ doubles final, Thisuni Liyanarachchi and Lawandi Umagiliyage of Sangamitta College, Galle, denied Mudalige a third title when they defeated the latter and her Gateway College partner Natasha Gunasekara 21-15, 21-18 in the final.

Meanwhile, Wellalage, the younger brother of national cricketer Dunith, beat Thilina Rajakaruna in straight sets (21-10, 21-16) to win the U-17 boys’ singles title, his second in the Championships.

Wellalage’s Triple Crown was completed when he and partner Shenuk Samararatne defeated Sanjula Handapangoda and Thilina Rajakaruna 21-13, 18-21, 25-23 in an all-Sebastianites Boys’ U-17 doubles final.

Meanwhile, the young national shuttle sensation Ranithma Liyanage of the Christ Church College, Baddegama, who later went on to be crowned national Champion, defeated her Girls’ U-17 singles opponent Ranumi Manage (Musaeus College) in the final with ease (21-2, 21-13).

The presentation ceremony was held with Director General of Sports Development, Amal Edirisuriya as the chief guest in the presence of Sri Lanka Badminton President Rohan de Silva, SLB officials and former players.

Winners and Runners-up

Under 11 Boys Singles

Champion –

Prithish Abeygunawardena (Richmond), Runner-up – Nesandu Hapukotuwa (Dharmaraja)

Under 11 Girls Singles

Champion –

Gajali Padmabandara (St. Anthony’s Girls, Katugastota), Second Runner-up – Sanumi Metsara (Musaeus)

Under 13 Boys Singles

Champion

– Hasandu Fernando (St Sebastian’s, Moratuwa), Runner-up – Amawan Amarasinghe (Panadura Lyceum)

Under 13 Girls Singles

Champion –

Fatima Amani (Hill Country Girls, Kandy), Runner-up – Thenuki De Silva (Siridhamma College)

Under 13 Boys Doubles

Champions –

Duvindu Edirisinghe/ Satsara Pubudu (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa), Runners-up – Tenuja Galahitiawa/ Satish Avishka (St. Anthony’s, Katugastota)

Under 13 Girls Doubles

Champions –

Fatima Amani/ Netsara Yenuri (Hill Country Girls/ Sujatha Girls, Nugegoda), Runners-up – Inuki Bandara/ Divyadharani Dayaratne (Musaeus/ Lyceum, Wattala)

Under 15 Boys Singles

Champion –

Tejana Herath (St. Anthony’s Katugastota), Runner-up – Senut Sethmina (Ananda College)

Under 15 Girls Singles

Champion

– Viswani Vanniarachchi (Gateway International), Runner-up – Lakshya Sajeevakumar (Lyceum Wattala)

Under 15 Boys Doubles

Champions –

Janeesha De Silva/ Mihila Jayaweera (St. Joseph’s/ Wattala Lyceum), Runners-up – Akash Shamal/ Tejana Herath (St. Anthony’s Katugastota)

Under 15 Girls Doubles

Champions –

Sanuti Gurusinghe/ Pavani Ileperuma (Sanghamitta Galle), Runners-up – Dihini Mendis/ Lakshya Sajeevakumar (Southland Galle/ Wattala Lyceum)

Under 17 Boys Singles

Under 19 girls’ champion Rashmi Mudalige (left) and runner up Sithuki Onadee.

Champion –

Pulina Wellalage (St. Sebastian’s Moratuwa), Runner-up – Thilina Rajakaruna (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa)

Under 17 Girls Singles

Champion –

Ranithma Liyanage (Christ Church Girls, Baddegama), Runner-up – Ranumi Manage (Musaeus)

Under 17 Boys Doubles

Champions –

Pulina Wellalage/ Shenuk Samararatne (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa), Runners-up – Sanjula Handapangoda/ Thilina Rajakaruna (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa)

Under 17 Girls Doubles

Champions –

L.A. Dinethya/ Devmi Ubesirivardhana (Sujatha Balika, Matara), Runners-up – Dilini Ambalangodage/ H.G. Sandani (Anula College/ Sujatha College Matara)

Under 19 Boys Singles

Champion –

Savinaka Veerasekera (D.S. Senanayake), Runner-up – Jason Homer (Royal Institute)

Under 19 Girls Singles

Champion –

Rashmi Mudalige (Gateway), Runner-up – Ondi Sethuki (Southlands, Galle)

Under 19 Boys Doubles

Champions –

Jason Homer/Savinaka Weerasekera (Royal Institute/ DS. Senanayake), Runners-up -Ashinsa Herath/ Vidusha Sumanadasa (Royal)

Under 19 Girls Doubles

Champions –

Tisuni Liyanarachchi/ Lavandi Umagaliyage (Sanghamitta, Galle), Runners-up – Natasha Gunasekara/ Rashmi Mudalige (Gateway)

Under 19 Mixed Doubles

Champions –

Pulina Vellalage/Rashmi Mudalige (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa/Gateway), Runner-up – Shenuk Samararatne/ Situki Onadi (St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa/ Sujata Vidyalaya Matara)

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Wanindu only SL player in ICC’s teams of the year

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Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga, who took more wickets than anybody at the Men’s T20 World Cup, is the only Sri Lanka male player selected in any of the ICC’s teams of the year announced on Tuesday.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) completed announcements of the ICC Teams of the Year, a feature of the ICC Awards 2022 which captures the best-combined XIs across the different formats of men’s and women’s international cricket after an action-packed year of competition.

Two days of staggered announcements have seen five lineups revealed; the ICC Men’s and Women’s T20I Teams of the Year, the ICC Men’s and Women’s ODI Teams of the Year and the ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year. In total, 11 countries are represented across the various lineups, which feature a number of World Cup winners, ICC Players of the Month and some of the most exciting emerging talents from the past calendar year.

Teams were identified from selections submitted by the specialist panel of media representatives that make up the ICC Voting Academy. The esteemed panel made their selections based on player performances throughout the calendar year, nominating their one to 11 and choosing a captain and a wicketkeeper for each.

Wanindu is selected in the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year which includes three Indian players. The others in the team are Jos Buttler (captain -Eng), Mohammad Rizwan (Pak), Virat Kohli (Ind), Suryakumar Yadav (Ind), Glenn Phillips (NZ), Sikandar Raza (Zim), Hardik Pandya (Ind), Sam Curran (Eng), Wanindu Hasaranga (SL), Haris Rauf (Pak) and Josh Little (Ire).

In the women’s category, Inoka Ranaweera has been selected in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.

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Rusanda propels Petes to big score

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Under 19 Traditional Cricket

Rusanda Gamage top scored with 170 runs, his highest knock in the Under 19 age category, to propel St. Peter’s to a total of 350 for seven wickets before bad light forced an early end to the first day’s play in the traditional cricket encounter against Ananda at Ananda Mawatha on Monday.

Gamage scored 21 fours and one six in his knock which came in 184 balls. It was his second century of the season as he went past 400 runs in what turned out to be his fifth match.

In the other traditional match started in Colombo, Lumbini fought back after being bowled out for 131 runs to restrict Isipatana to 94 for six wickets at stumps.

Match Details

Rusanda propels Petes to 350 for seven at Ananda Mawatha

Scores:

St. Peter’s

350 for 7 in 81 overs (Chamindu Perera 31, Rusanda Gamage 170, Nimutu Gunawardana 25, Kavika Jayasundara 58, Shennan Rodrigo 20; Isuru Ayesh 4/64)

Lumbini 131, Isipatana 94/6 at BRC

Scores:

Lumbini

131 all out in 51.5 overs (Pasindu Mahisha 34; Kevin Samuel 3/33, Yeshith Kalupahana 3/16, Sithuka Gunawardene 2/19)

Isipatana

94 for 6 in 27 overs (Tharushika Ashel 32, Dushan Malinga19, Mohomed Asjad 27; Dumindu Sewmina 3/28, Malith Bimsara 2/35) (RF)

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