win but Pakistan in final
night champagne returned to Havelocks
convoluted formula concocted for contortionists?
up or be booted out, SLTA warns coaches
Lanka’s tennis coaches are to be told: keep abreast with the new
coaching techniques or be struck off the list.
a new SLTA rule to be announced shortly, local coaches, holding the
ITF level one certificates, will be required to re-validate their
coaching licence every two years. >
future a level one coaching certificate will be valid for only two
years,” said SLTA president Suresh Subramaniam. ‘’Tennis keeps
changing constantly and so do the coaching techniques. We have to
ensure our coaches keep abreast with the changes _ and a way of doing
that is to renew coaches licence every two years. Renewal will depend
on how well they’ve evolved to the new trends.”
to Coaching Director, K D Y Pathiraja there are about 40 level one
coaches plying their trade island-wide. ‘’Basically, the
development of Sri Lanka tennis will depend on how knowledgeable these
coaches are. It is thus necessary that they update their knowledge
regularly,” said Pathiraja.”The revalidation of coaching
certificates is something ITF has suggested to all its member
countries. Obviously, coaches worldwide have shown an indifference to
the changes taking place.”
ITF level one examinations were conducted here in the mid-90s, the
SLTA has conducted workshops, seminars and refresher courses for the
qualified coaches. ‘’Unfortunately, the response to these
workshops and seminars wasn’t what it should be; the permanence of
their coaching certificate is perhaps a reason for the disinterest. I
suppose they felt the time given to listening to lectures would be
spent more profitably doing coaching,” said Subramaniam.
another move indicative of the higher priority given to coaching, the
SLTA is to send four coaches to ITF’s Worldwide Coaches Workshop in
Portugal this month. The one-week workshop, entitled “Applied Sports
Science for Tennis Coaching”, is to be attended by Shalini de Silva,
Jayantha Welikela, Seevali Wickremaratchchi and K D Y Pathiraja.
the SLTA held level one examinations for aspiring coaches, conducted
by Arul Amalnathan. And next January, ITF officials, Miguel Crespo of
Spain and ITF’s development officer for Asia, Suresh Menon, will be
in Colombo to conduct level two examinations.
need to have new coaches is felt with the mini tennis program adding
to the playing numbers. And with our four-year old junior development
program now beginning to show results _ four national titles were won
by schoolchildren _ more level two coaches are a compulsory
requirement,” said president Subramaniam.
Twenty - 20 Invitation Schools’ Cricket Tournament
College, Colombo are organizing for the first time in Sri Lanka, an
Invitation Schools knockout twenty 20 Cricket tournament to be
conducted at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on 24, 25
and 26 October. The following teams will participate in this inaugural
tournament, which the organisers hope will be an annual event.
Joseph’s College, Colombo, Royal College, Colombo, St. Sebastian’s
College, Moratuwa, St. Peter’s College, Colombo, D.S. Senanayake
College, Colombo, Lumbini College, Colombo, Isipathana College,
Colombo, S. Thomas’ College, Colombo, Thurstan College, Colombo,
Dharmatajah College, Kandy, Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda, Jaffna
School Cricket Association
Twenty 20 Cup, which originated in England this year and replaced the
Benson & Hedges Cup in the county cricket calendar was a bold
initiative taken by the ECB to attract spectators and bring back the
crowds for County games. The tournament was a huge success with over
250,000 spectators attending 45 group matches, the semifinals and the
action packed competition promises non- stop big hitting entertainment
for 20 overs a side with each match being completed in under three
hours. Short boundaries, penalty runs for delays, a free hit for foot
fault no balls are some of the features of this tournament, which has
been specifically designed to keep the spectators on their toes from
first ball to last.
a time when interest in school cricket in Sri Lanka is waning, this
revolutionary and exciting tournament is expected to attract big
crowds to the R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium where some of
Sri Lanka’s best schoolboy cricketers will pit their skills and
talents against each other. Whilst some of the group matches and the
final will be played under lights in a carnival atmosphere there will
be complete television coverage on Rupavahini’s channel eye on the
last two days.
South Africa in Pakistan 2003-04
fires Pakistan to hefty total
A spectacular innings
by Shoaib Malik, who made 82 off 41 balls and hit five sixes in the
last two overs alone, undid all the good work done by South Africa in
the first 40 overs of the innings, and took Pakistan to 276 for 6 in
the first one-day international at Lahore.
came in with Pakistan 167 for 4 in the 39th over, about thirty runs
short of what they would have liked to be at that stage after two
wasteful run-outs. A natural hitter of the ball, Malik played with
great flair from the very beginning, keeping pace with Inzamam-ul-Haq
in a partnership of 74 for the fifth wicket.
of the South African bowlers bowled at a pace that could trouble him,
and as he grew in confidence he proceeded to get down on one knee to
the bowlers, get his left leg out of the way, and mow the bowling over
mid-wicket and mid-on. The last two overs, bowled by Shaun Pollock and
Jacques Kallis respectively, were carted for 42 runs. Even in an age
in which a number of batsmen excel in this kind of late-innings
hitting, Malik’s strokemaking, his exceptional eye, and immense
power and co-ordination all stood out.
half-century was the third made by a Pakistani batsman on the day, and
undoubtedly the most crucial. Earlier, Yasir Hameed and Yousuf Youhana
played accomplished innings, but both were out just when they would
have been looking to up the scoring-rate.
overs Pakistan 277 for 6 (Malik 82*, Youhana 68, Hameed 56)
International Beach Volleyball
Confifi Amateur International Beach Volleyball Tournament was held on
September 13 and 14 in Beruwela on the Club Palm Garden Beach.
was the first ever international beach volleyball tournament held in
Sri Lanka. Confifi Group together with the Volleyball Federation of
Sri Lanka conducted the event for which 60 teams took part in the
tournament. This included 14 foreign teams arriving in Sri Lanka to
play International Beach Volleyball from Singapore, Hong Kong, India
Group Hotels have bigger plans for the future to conduct many events
of this nature and introducing these destinations as a potential venue
for sports tourism. The Women’s team from Hong Kong collected the
winner’s trophy while the Men’s winners were the Sri Lanka Air
prizes included a trophy, a cash award of US $ 750, a weekend for two
at any Confifi Group Hotel and a gift voucher for jewellery from the
hotel Jewellery shop. The co-sponsors of this event were Pepsi, Nowgem
jewellers, Dialog GSM and SriLankan Airlines.
large gathering witnessed this event on both days and the entire
stretch of Beruwela Beach had a superb atmosphere with lots of fun and
music throughout. Mervyn J. Cooray, President of the Sri Lanka
Volleyball Federation was the chief guest at the awards ceremony and
delivered the winner’s awards.
Bell sponsors SSC
Lanka Bell has signed a three-year renewable contract for the
exclusive sponsorship of Premier League cricket at the Sinhalese
Sports Club (SSC). Each season, Lanka Bell will provide 25 SSC Premier
cricket team members with branded playing clothes including T-shirts
and caps. Lanka Bell will also sponsor the annual cricket match
between SSC and NCC for the J.R. Jayew- ardene Trophy in 2004.
are very pleased to accept the sponsorship package offered by Lanka
Bell, which will help our club and our premier league cricketers. We
have agreed to give Lanka Bell exclusive sponsorship for cricket and
will not appoint any co-sponsors during the three-year contract
period,” said Mahinda Halangoda, Chairman of the SSC Cricket House
Committee, at the signing of the sponsorship agreement, Lanka Bell’s
General Manager, Finance, Suren Goonewardene, said “We are proud to
become the official sponsor of a prestigious cricket club a cricket
club with a history of over 100 years, that has produced many fine
cricketers who have excelled in local club cricket as well as
international tests and one day matches.”
the official sponsor, Lanka Bell with have many prominent locations at
the SSC cricket grounds reserved exclusively for Lanka Bell branding.