The Sunday Leader

Mercantile Volleyball Is Back With A Bang!

The Mercantile Volleyball Association of Sri Lanka is once again organizing the annual Mercantile Volleyball Tournament in a bid to popularize the national sport and to widen interest in the game in the mercantile sector. Over 100 teams participated in last year’s tournament and the Association hopes for a much larger response this year.

A member of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation said, this is the fifth successive year the Association is holding the tournament since its revival in 2012 after a lapse of five years.

The key objective of the Association is to provide a meaningful avenue for mercantile employees to be free of mental fatigue, whereby participating in sports can enhance their performance. Volleyball being a team sport helps to build team spirit among the employees, thus benefitting the organization they work for. The game also helps to unearth hidden sporting talents among the employees while helping them to improve their health.

This year’s tournament which has now become a regular feature in the annual sports calendar in the Mercantile Sector will be held in August and September. A number of well-known business and brands have coming forward as sponsors to add more value to the event: Platinum Sponsor – MAS; Gold Sponsors – Sunquick, Lanka Tiles, Brandix, Expo Lanka Holdings PLC (EFI), Etisalat and David Pieris Motor Company Limited; Silver Sponsors – SINGER, Damro and Sri Lanka Insurance.

The tournament is held under the national rules and regulations and provides an opportunity for both males and females to participate.

The preliminary rounds will be held at the Maharagama Youth Services Court on the 18th, 19thand 20thAugust,while the finals will be held on 16thand17th September at the Maharagama Youth Services Indoor Stadium.

To qualify for participation, the players should have served in their respective companies for a minimum of two months. Meanwhile, new clubs can register until 31stJuly 2017.

The tournament will be held under three categories – Super League, Championship & Division ‘A’. Prize money for the winning teams will exceed 1.5 million rupees and the best players in the women’s and men’s tournaments will receive prizes of aScootybike and a motor bicyclerespectively. Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up and to the best player – male & female.


The awards to be distributed among the different categories will be as follows:

Super League: 

Men’s         –   First place:

Rs 150,000 & trophy

Second place:       Rs 100,000 & trophy

Third place:    Rs 50,000 & trophy


Women’s   – First place:

Rs 100,000 & trophy

Second place:       Rs 50,000 &trophy

Third place:    Rs 25,000 & trophy



                Men’s         –    First place:

Rs 100,000 & trophy

Second place:       Rs 50,000 & trophy

Third place:    Rs 25,000 & trophy

Women’s   –    First place:

Rs 80,000 & trophy

Second place:       Rs 40,000 & trophy

Third place:    Rs 25,000 & trophy


Division A:

Men’s         –    First place:

Rs 20,000 & trophy

Second place:       Rs15,000 & trophy

Third place:    Rs10,000 & trophy

Women’s   –    First place:

Rs 20,000 & trophy

Second place:       Rs 15,000 & trophy

Third place:         Rs 10,000 & trophy


Theclosing date for applications will be 9th August 2017.

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