The Sunday Leader

Talent Is There…In The Provinces

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Remember I spoke about training the next generation of players to step into the top level recently? I need to elaborate on that subject once more. It was a couple of years ago that I felt the time was ripe to search for untapped junior talent in the distant provinces. The seed was sown to [...]

Life At The Top Is A Lot Harder

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Being Asia’s Division 1 Champs Is Great, But Not The Greatest AT long last Sri Lanka rugby has something about which to feel proud. Claiming the Asian Five-Nations Division One Championship, last week in Singapore, was indeed an admirable achievement – admirable not so much for the team’s splendid triumphs as the overcoming of administration-imposed [...]

IPL Chief Lalit Modi Probed Over Corruption

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Investigators have questioned the chief of the Indian Premier League (IPL) over allegations of corruption linked to the lucrative cricket tournament. Reports say tax and foreign exchange officials interrogated Lalit Modi for hours – he denies any wrongdoing. Separately, government investigations continued into the teams, sponsors, broadcasters and event managers associated with the event. The [...]

Irb: Elect Committee By June 1 Or Be Banished

By T.M.K. Samat THE International Rugby Board has set the SLRFU Interim Committee a May 31 deadline to handover the sport’s administration to an elected committee. Following the cancellation of March 29 SLRFU AGM (in which an elected committee was to be put in place), the world body last week issued its toughest message yet [...]

US To Host New Zealand V Sri Lanka Twenty20 Series

New Zealand and Sri Lanka will contest a three-match Twenty20 series in Florida, USA in May. The Pearls Cup series will be the first time major cricket nations have competed in the United States. The games will be played at Lauderhill from May 20-23 and are seen as key to help advance the sport in [...]

Fifa Predicts ‘Full’ World Cup Stadiums In South Africa

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Fifa Secretary-General Jerome Valke has cast aside concerns over empty seats at the World Cup by claiming that stadiums will be at least 95% full. Over-the-counter sales in South Africa started on April 14 and more than 200,000 tickets have been bought. “We are working on a number of additional programmes,” said Valke, who added [...]

Go West

By Paneetha Ameresekere, Business Editor The recent Avurudhu message from the Foreign Secretary of the world’s most powerful country was indeed a bolt from the blue. Usually receiving Independence day messages from friendly countries is generally the norm, but not so Avurudhu messages, especially when such a message was sent by no lesser country than [...]

Towards Self-Sufficiency In Salt

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Sri Lanka, from being an exporter of salts has become an importer because of the war, an industrialist claimed. Dr. Ravi Liyanage, Chairman Raigam Group of Companies told reporters on Thursday that salterns such as the 2,000 acres at Elephant Pass (E.P.), and Arugam Bay were closed because of the war. Salterns could be operated [...]

A Sonnet To Tiger Woods

By Sharm de Alwis With apologies to William Blake for having contaminated his poem. Tiger, Tiger, burning bright All the candles in the night With dames, voluptuous, no thought of wife Lingering with kids by the fireside You say you’re cured of flesh and sin But Tiger, Tiger, you’re an addict, You crave for flesh, [...]

Foreigners To Return

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“The President has a dream, and to achieve it there should be commitment,” Ceylinco Insurance (General) Deputy Chairman Ajith Gunawardena tells Benchmark. “I feel that we are at the threshold of a new era following a 30-year war, and people are rearing to go and waiting for opportunities to come their way. But for these [...]

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