Ignorant officials ruining motor sports — Chandra de
Chandra de Costa with his
numerous trophies he won
By Lal Gunesekera
Since of late, the office-bearers of the Sri Lanka
Motor Cycle Club (SLMCC), seems to be ignorant of the
rules and regulations (even the constitution) of this
body and are not willing to learn from past blunders. In
the years gone by the Ceylonese Motor Cycle Club (now
known as the SLMCC) had top class officials in the
calibre of Andrew Mirando, Wally de Zilwa, Karu de
Costa, Bruce Pate, Dudley Perera to name a few. Not any
longer. These top calibre personnel knew the rules and
regulations of the FIM and FIA (international bodies for
motor cycles and automobiles) "inside out".
Veteran motor racing "ace" of the days gone by (1953
to 1986), Chandra de Costa (76 years now), told The
Sunday Leader that after about 60 years there was no
motor races at Nuwara-Eliya in April this year (2009)
after he had issued a detailed report to the authorities
concerned regarding the malpractices of the committee
who consist of entirely motor car drivers!!
De Costa said: From the 1950’s the Nuwara Eliya motor
races were run clock-wise starting from near the
Grosvenor Hotel, but they later was run anti clock-wise.
This is very dangerous and resulted in the deaths of
Ranjith Dhanapala in 2007 and Dilshan Bandaranayake in
2008. The Nuwara Eliya track is suited only for motor
cycles, and even former President, the late J.R.
Jayewardene, banned motor car racing at Nuwara Eliya
after Mike Rauff had a serious accident.
"Officials misled government officials and took them
for a ride stating that small mini cars will race. The
car is small. Manufactured in England by BMC they
(Mini’s) have three engine types (1000 cc, 1200 cc and
1300 cc) with 35 to 40 BHP. There are factories in
England that manufacture over 100 BHP engines, costing
Rs. 1.2 million . They bring these engines to Sri Lanka
and fit it into cars without suspension and break
system. This results in accidents and enlightened the
government officials, who cancelled the Nuwara-Eliya
races this year (2009)" said de Costa, who further said
that motor cycle events could have been conducted if the
officials were genuinely interested in this sport.
Even at Katukurunda, which is owned by the Air Force,
the start was from the "home straight", but was changed
by these "stupid and ignorant" officials was the opinion
of Chandra de Costa, who even wrote to President Mahinda
Rajapakshe, who in turn instructed the Air Force, to
have the start from the original point. This was about
two years back.
"This was another stupid decision by an official to
run the races anti clock-wise after SLMCC, SLMSC and
SLARDAR spent monies to construct the "bands". This was
yet another foolish decision, but I thank President
Rajapakse for his intervention" said de Costa.
De Costa is a former All-Ceylon and All India motor
cycling champion, Gulf Champion in 1975, Power Hydro
plane champion in 1963, Power Boat champion of Kuwait in
1975. He also held course records in Kandy (1995),
Nuwara Eliya (1959), Bangalore (1958), Pune (1958),
Madras (1959), Kurunegala (1959), Katukurunda (1959/60),
Coimbatore and Bombay too.
Internationally known Dilantha Malagamuwa have
commented that these officials are like "frogs in a
well", while Lucky Mirando has been quoted saying that
"dogs have crept into the SLMCC"
We leave the readers to decide what ails motor racing
in the country.
Many surprises at World T-20
The T 20 World Cup certainly held many
surprises as did the talent search programme the
Aravinda de Silva Academy sponsored by Coca Cola Inc.
encountered. Let me reflect on the T 20 tournament
As this is being written the Sri Lankan
team is preparing to meet the West Indies at the Oval in
the second semi final. Much against the grain the South
Africans who showed that they would be favourites to go
into the finals crashed out against the Pakistanis.
This I suspected as the Pakistanis have
shown sparks of brilliance when the team fires together.
Then again they are also known to crumble without a
fight at times. The talent amongst the Pakistanis is
never questioned yet they fail to be consistent.
Sri Lankans with an unblemished record
in this tournament has been the surprise package. The
preparations of the Sri Lankans in this format seem to
have been perfect. The batting has not been devastating
but extremely efficient. It is in the bowling that our
lads have found the key to this format.
Malinga and all the spinners have been
unmatchable. The Irish certainly had our boys against
the ropes but the experience of our bowlers undid them
and a repeat was seen in the game against New Zealand.
If Gayle is kept quiet the Lankans have a great chance
of getting into the final. T 20 doesn’t allow all the
top order bats to fire.
There simply is not enough overs to do
so. The improvisation available within the top order
holds the key to building a formidable score and we do
have a proper mix in our team.
The way Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela and of
course Sanath applies gives us the edge. It is in the
death overs that we have failed to lift the rate. Often
five wickets had fallen by then and only Mubarak has the
ability to do so. So, good luck lads.
New rules: Our boxers yet in the dark
It would be difficult for national teams
of most other sports to not feel envious at the range of
opportunities the ABA lays before the country’s boxers.
An all-found residential training camp tucked in a
tranquil coconut grove in Pannala functions year-round –
under the watch of a professional coach from Cuba, the
land long acknowledged as world amateur boxing
A majority of those in the training camp
are provided with jobs in the garment factories of MAS
Holdings in Pannala, which means there’s no distance
between the pugilists’ workplace and gymnasium, a
convenience most sportsmen would give an arm for. If
anything, insiders say, the camp’s credo is the polar
opposite of the old adage about the thing that makes
"Jack a dull boy’’, which is, well, all play and no
work, sort of.
To produce champions
If all this evokes visions of the
notorious "sport factories’’ in communist countries
during the times of the Iron Curtain, the imagery isn’t
far removed from reality. Of course, the Pannala camp
paymaster is a capitalist, but the aim is the same, to
produce champions. So, as a sport training centre, to
all intents and purposes, it functions much like a
factory. There are schedules to keep, quality control to
maintain and the target of international medals to
A new ABA management under the
stewardship of Udeni Kiridena completes its first 100
days in office shortly, and though an audit of the
Pannala camp’s achievements this early might seem
premature, it is not without relevance. Since the
assumption of power by the Kiridena administration in
March, Sri Lanka’s boxers have been dispatched twice
overseas: the eight-nation A K Misra Memorial meet in
Chandigarh, India, in early March and the Asian
Championships, re-named the Asian Elite Championships,
concluded last week in Zhu Hai, China.
Sri Lanka flew out three boxers for the
Chandigarh competition and four for the Zhu Hai
championship. And regrettably, not one boxer could
manage even a win; they were all eliminated in their
respective first fights. Suspicions of a return to the
old days of "one night stands’’ at once springs to mind.
Those were the times when boxers were so starved of
overseas exposure that when a trip came along, boxing
became an excuse for a holiday – and "one night stands"
in the ring was a convenient way of making time
available for enjoying touristic delights.
That was then. But over the past decade
or thereabouts the boxers’ fortunes have taken dramatic
change. It is fair to say that our national boxers have
seen more of the world than most other sportsmen/women.
From Chicago to Soul and the many places in between, our
national vests have been displayed. The boxers continue
to fight overseas six to ten times a year. So, it begs
the question: now that the novelty of traveling abroad
has worn out, has the sport got just about appealing as
a job-to-do so that food can be put on the table? If
that were the case, then, boxers might’ve found
participation in two overseas meets in less than three
months a rather grudging prospect, leading to spiritless
That probably will be how critics of the
ABA will explain the failure of our national boxers to
win a single bout in seven visits to the ring. But that
is biased conjecture. Talk to some of boxing’s decision
makers and with disarming unconcern they’ll tell the
failures don’t disappoint or surprise them.
As ABA president, Kiridena explains:
"We’ve undertaken the task of finding a new generation
of champions to replace the present established set. The
teams to Chandigarh and Zhu Hai had different personnel,
except for one (Saman Silva) who fought in both places.
The idea is to throw as many emerging champions as
possible into international competition this year so
that next year we might have a nucleus of young boxers
who we could work on for the 2012 Olympics and beyond.’’
Skeptics, of course, will wave away
Kiridena’s theory as flimsy. But a fib it is not. All
but one of the six boxers who figured in the two recent
meets were making their first appearance overseas; the
solitary boxer with overseas experience was light-fly
Chandimal Alexander, who was coming out of brief
retirement anyway. Had the ABA been in serious pursuit
of medals, then, there wouldn’t have been such
preponderance of rookies. After all, the likes of Manju
Wanniarachchi or Kamal Sameera would’ve been better
medal prospects and, with both regarded as Olympic
hopefuls; their inclusions would not have been in vain.
But 2009 is all about infusing new blood into the
This is not to suggest that the ABA is
contemplating sending Wanniarachchi and Sameera, who
collectively count more than a hundred international
fights, into enforced retirement. "Wanni and Sameera are
some way away yet from retirement; too much has been
invested in them to discard them at this point. The
trouble is that they’ve outgrown Sri Lanka boxing – that
is to say, if they are to get to another level, training
here is not going to help them. Rather, they have to
live and train in a more professional environment, say
in the US, Russia or the UK," says ABA Secretary, Lt
Col. Hemanth Weerasinghe. "This thinking is in no way a
slur on our national coach from Cuba, he’s contributions
have been significant – but there’s little even he can
do when worthy opponents, let alone suitable sparring
partners, can’t be found locally for Wanni and Sameera.’’
Plans for Wanni and Sameera
One half of that plan has already been
put in motion: Wanniarachchi has enlisted with Red Stars
BC, a Los Angeles based club that helps amateur boxers
chart a professional career. "The club is run on very
professional lines and is owned by a Russian. Wanni will
live in the US where he’ll work, train and fight
competitively. He’s already been training two months in
LA and has set his mind on fighting in the US Open in
July,’’ said Slimline BC honcho Dian Gomes. "Of course,
Sri Lanka will be his first call and his name has been
inked in for the World Championship in Milan, Italy, in
Plans for Sameera to enlist with a UK
club were frustrated by the difficulties of obtaining a
visa, but alternatives in other European countries are
"You could say Wanni and Sameera are
permanent members of the national squad; in giving the
emerging champions overseas exposure we’re trying to add
another one or two more into the ranks of permanency. Of
course, it is nice to think that the emerging champions
would be instant international successes, but it’s a
tough world out there. If at the end of this year we
have at least one boxer of Olympic promise, we have
reason to be satisfied,’’ said Kiridena, ABA president.
Rules have changed
And the one that promises most to
graduate to the ranks of permanency in the national
squad is Saman Silva. His two defeats in two outings
might not be quite in consonance with his sensational
triumph over the Russian junior world champion in the
Sri Lanka Lions v. Moscow Bears duel in Colombo last
November. But it has to be remembered the fight rules
have changed since. As of this year, a fight’s duration
is longer by a minute and the period of interval
shorter, also by a minute, with three rounds of three
minutes each replacing the old four rounds of two
"It’s gotten a whole lot harder for the
boxers under the new rules and obviously, our boxers
have been slow to make the adjustment. I officiated at
the Zhu Hai meet and it was very clear that our boxers
were worse for wear and tear in the last round. I don’t
think a lack of fitness has much to do with their
falling apart in the last round– rather it’s the way
they approach the fight; we haven’t broken out of the
four-round mindset,’’ said Kiridena, who is also an AIBA
qualified referee and judge.
Saman Silva was a living example of that
deficiency. In the Chandigarh competition, he led his
Indian opponent, the eventual gold medalist, in the
first round, trailed by two points in the second before
conceding the fight, 6/10. The pattern wasn’t dissimilar
in Zhu Hai, losing to the Japanese bronze medalist,
6/13, after being only a point behind at the end of the
first and second rounds.
Silva admits that in both fights, his
limbs didn’t quite respond to his thoughts in the final
round. It is a connection that will be made – and seven
defeats in seven outings is the first link in that
"Laker" is a j.p. now
Wijesekera took oaths as an All-Island Justice of Peace
recently, and if you tell him that it’s a title he
deserves for his more than 50-year contribution to
sports journalism, he’ll beg to differ.
"The journalists who deserve to be
honoured are no longer with us. They were responsible
practitioners of the trade who believed that to
compromise on the profession’s principles was an
unpardonable sin – they are ones who ought to have been
handed JPs and awards that are now being so freely
distributed. But then in those days titles and awards
were never handed out to sport journalists,’’ said
Wijesekera, one of few remnants of a forgotten era of
sport journalism, in the 1950s and ‘60s.
"I’ll be dishonest if I don’t admit to
feeling a sense of guilt at being honoured. My thoughts
are with my mentor A. V. Fernando (Times cricket
writer in the ‘50s) – he was such a patient teacher of
commonsense sport journalism.’’ Another departed
journalist who Wijesekera remembers fondly is Christie
Seneviratne, the former Daily News Sport Editor
and cricket writer.
"I admired Christie for his
outspokenness. It’s sad he didn’t live to see the
country play Test cricket. He would’ve been the happiest
because no one espoused our Test cause more than
Christie – he was making claims through his bold
writings even as far back as the late 60s,’’ recalled
the veteran reporter.
Wijesekera, who still free-lances for
the Sunday Times, is not without achievements of
his own. He was the first Sri Lankan sport journalist to
provide on-the-sport cricket reports from England,
covering the first ever World Cup in 1979. He also
turned out to be a competent rugby correspondent.
Outspoken himself, Wijesekera might not
be everybody’s cup of tea. But no one will begrudge him
his new-found title: over 50 years in one job is a
commendable feat, but to walk the same paths to the same
cricket and rugby grounds and write the same old stories
for over half-century is, well, calls for a title.
Congratulations Bernie Wijesekera, J.P.
Maurice Perera heads Central Province RFU
By Hafiz Marikar
One time Sri Lanka’s top ruggerite Maurice Perera,
was elected as the new president of the Central Province
at the AGM held at the Denzil Kobbekduwa pavilion at
Nitawella. Maurice started his rugby at Trinity College
and later played for Kandy Sports Club, Up Country and
Sri Lanka as prop forward, later became a top class
referee and coach.
He has coached many schools like St.Anthony’s,
Vidyartha, Trinity , Kandy SC, Old Trinitians SC, Kandy
Youth SC , Up-Country and also Sri Lanka.
He played for Trinity as a front row forward, along
with Dharmasiri Madugalle (Capt), Mahinda Ratwatte,
Quinten Israel, Lucky Vitharane, H.R. Ratwatte, R.M.
Aluwihare, B.A. Nonis, A.H. Banadaranayake, W.K.Boteju,
C.S. Shockman, C.V. Unamboowe and A.M.E. Adihetty. He
won his rugby colours in 1952, and as a school boy
played for Kandy SC with the white planters, and was in
the 1954 and 1955 Clifford Cup Final team, both years
they lost to CR & FC.
He played for fourteen long years for Kandy Sports
Club, but the big bosses of that era deprived him of his
captaincy, which he deserved. After fourteen years he
took the Kandy SC to the Cup final, as a coach and the
team was led by late Denzil Kobbekaduwa and V.C. Chang
was the Vice Captain.
His only son Devapriya played and coached Trinity, he
also was in the Kandy SC team. His grand son Sean played
and led Trinity and now he is in the USA, before
migrating he played for Kandy, and his two daughters
Saku and Manthhri played for Kandy Women’s team. Maurice
is well known and one of the senior figures in the rugby
field, was President of the Central Province Rugby
Football Union earlier and gave his best and who took
the game to Polonaruwa, Anuradapura, Hasalaka, Dambulla,
Hanguranketha, Matale, Galagedera etc.
Maurice said at the AGM that he will continue form
where he stopped. He took over the leadership from Iswan
Omar. Tuan Dole another crack ruggerite, who played for
St. Anthony’s College Katugastota, Combined Schools, CR
&FC, Havelocks SC, Kandy SC, Dimbulla A & CC and Up
Country is the new Vice President. Out going President
Iswan Omar took over the post of Secretary from H.
Marikar who stepped down after his two year term. Dr.
Sarath Kapuwatte one time President who has given his
best, was elected Patron. And the two immediate past
presidents elected were Mohan Samarakoon and Iswan Omar.
M. C. P. Raj was retained as the Treasurer. Committee
comprises of Mahesh Weerasinghe, H. Marikar, Senaka
Alwathagama, Dushan Ratwatte, Malik Saheed, A.
Malawarchchi, Aboo Junaideen, and Janaka Pathirane. We
take this opportunity to thank Mr. Maurice Perera and
his team comprising of Gamini Udugama, Karu Perera,
Saman Edama, Chandimal Ranasinghe, S.B. Madugalla,
Deepal Punyawardena and Lagath Gunawardena for their
services despite several obstacles.
Sports Ministry turns down AAA request
By Lal Gunesekera
The Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) of Sri Lanka
had requested the Ministry of Sports and Public
Recreation for funds to send an additional five persons
for the World Junior Athletic Championship to be held in
Italy next month (July).
The Sunday Leader learns that the International
Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) have sent invitations
for three persons (one girl, boy and an official) and
that their expenses (return air fare, accommodation etc)
will be met, by the organisers.
However, the Secretary of the Sri Lanka AAA, Prema
Pinnawala, has written to the Ministry of Sports,
seeking funds to send an additional five persons to
Italy, which includes US $ 3200 for accommodation, Rs.
542, 645 for the air tickets plus Rs. 72,000 for the
The AAA has decided to send four boys, one girl and
three officials, which includes Anil Weerasinghe as
Manager, K.G. Nandawathi as lady chaperone and Prasanna
Fernando as the coach.
The Sunday Leader learns that the acting Minister
of Sports, Bandula Dahanayake, and Ministry Secretary,
S. Liyanagama, has totally rejected the request made by
the AAA when they met on June 17. The Minister for
sports, Gamini Lokuge, is away in England for the World
Twenty-20 cricket tournament.
Last Year (2008) too, Weerasinghe and Ms Nandawathi
accompanied the Lankan athletes for the World Junior
Championship. The former occupied a separate room on
this occasion, while Shehan Ambepitiya was forced to
sleep on the floor in the latter’s hotel room!!
Lasitha fails to respond for fixtures yet
By Lal Gunesekera
Despite many requests made by The Sunday Leader,
the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Interim
Committee (IC) for the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU),
lasitha Gunaratne, has failed to respond in sending the
fixtures for the Caltex League Rugby Championship which
got underway more than a month back, to this newspaper.
The first-round games are almost over and the
fixtures have not yet been sent.
The Tournament Committee has also not yet decided on
the format for the second-round games. Usually the first
six teams play for the ‘Cup’, and the other two for the
The second-round is scheduled to start on July 4, and
even the rules and regulations have not been circulated
to the clubs, which should have been done before the
tournament started. Delay in printing is no excuse.
What is the delay Mr. Gunaratne?
Over 150 shutlers from overseas for
By Lal Gunesekera
Over 150 shutlers from about 15
countries will compete for honours at the Asian Junior
(Under 16) Team Badminton Championship at the S. Thomas’
College Indoor Stadium from August 3 to 9.
The Secretary of the Interim Committee
for the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA),
S.Veerawagu, told The Sunday Leader that the IC
are conducting this tournament on behalf of the
Badminton Asian Confederation (BAC), who are assisting
with "some finances," while the balance will have to be
found through local sponsors. The Mount Lavinia Hotel is
the official hotel for the touring players and officials
and are offering rooms at concessionary rates.
"Last year this tournament was held in
Brunei. A team will consist of a minimum of eight
players (Four boys and four girls) and two officials.
One of Sri Lanka’s players will be Achini Rathansiri
(14) from Lindsay BMV. She is a good prospect who had
beaten Olympian Thilini Jayasinghe in the semi-finals of
last year’s nationals, before stretching the ultimate
champion, Chandrika de Silva in the Final," said
Veerawagu also said that eight boys and
eight girls have already started training under
Chinthaka Fernando at the SLBA Indoor Stadium on
weekends and also in the evenings on Mondays and
Wednesdays. They will be reduced to six each after a
series of trials.
The Team event will consist of two
singles and one doubles match.
Badminton will also be a discipline at
the South Asian Games to beheld in Dhaka, Bangladesh in
January next year (2010).
Thilini, Achini win all doubles matches
Sri Lanka beat Turkey by three matches
to one to finish in 7th position at the Sudirman Cup
World Team Championship of the Badminton World
Federation (BWF) in China.
In the group matches, Sri Lanka beat
Mongolia (5-0), but lost to Portugal (1-4), Lithuania
(1-4), and Iceland (1-4) and beat Turkey 3-1 in the
play-off for the seventh and eighth positions.
Sri Lanka’s women’s doubles pair of
Thilini Jayasinghe and Achini Ratnasiri had the honour
of remaining unbeaten in their five matches. The others
who represented Sri Lanka were Hasitha Chanika and
Professor Ranjith de Silva, Chairman of
the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Badminton Association
(SLBA) was elected as member of the Executive Committee
of the BWF at its AGM in China.
CR win 17-10
CR and FC survived a fierce second half rally before
registering a hard fought 17 points to 10 points victory
over their traditional rivals CH and FC in their SLRFU
Caltex inter club ‘A’ division league rugby tournament
first round fixture worked off at Maitland Crescent on
CR and FC also maintained their unbeaten record while
collecting their points from one try, two penalties and
two drop goals after having led 14-7 at half time. CH
and FC came back strongly in the second half and
responded with one goal and one penalty.
Manori leads Hilton Grand Prix
After the 4th round Mrs. Manori Jayakoddy who is the
Captain of the Royal Colombo Golf Club Ladies Section
leads the Hilton Grand Prix with 383 points. She is
followed closely by Mrs. Yvonne Abeyratne, former Sri
Lanka Open Champion with 354 points and Mrs. H.R Bang
with 352 points.
The Grand Prix is sponsored by the Hilton Hotel and
is played over 16 rounds. With another 12 rounds to go,
further excellent golf is to be seen.
The Grand Prix is considered a major event in the
Ladies Golfing Calendar with many players vying for the
top ten placings. It has been sponsored by the Hilton
Hotel for many years
Old Bens Golden Jubilee Hockey
Twelve clubs and 16 schools will vie for honours at
the Golden Jubilee Club and Schools Hockey Tournament of
the Old Benedictines Sports Club on Saturday (June 27)
from 8 A.M. at the school grounds in Kotahena. This is
being sponsored by British Studies and Independent
Educational Advisory Services, Maria Jewellers and S.
Mariampillai Pawn Brokers, and co-sponsored by Tigo and
former hockey players of the school.
The 12 club teams include Old Bens, Army, Navy, Air
Force, Police, CH & FC, BRC, Wennappuwa HC, Old
Zahirians (Matale), Old Anandians, Old Peterites and
The 16 schools are St. Benedict’s, Ananda, Nalanda,
Royal, St. Joseph’s, Christ Church (Matale), Vidyartha
College (Matale), St. Thomas’ (Matale), Wesley, St.
Sylvester’s, Dharmaraja, D.S. Senanayake College, Joseph
Vaaz (Wennappuwa), Maris Stella, Zahira and Richmond (Galle).
The Chief Guest will be Dennis de Rosayro, while Rev.
Bro. Granville Perera (director of St. Benedicts) will
be the guest of honour.
Nishantha, Roshita top slicers
Nishantha Fernando and Joseph Roshita from All Saints
College, Borella won the Men’s Singles and Women’s
Singles titles respectively at the 10th President’s Cup
Carrom Championship of the CFSL at its headquarters.
Fernando won the Men’s Singles beating Chamil Coory
in a trilling three set match (18-25, 25-14, 25-10). He
also won the Men’s Doubles with Viraj Fernando defeating
Chamil Cooray and Germain Goonewardene (25-10, 25-9).
Rodhita won the Women’s Singles beating Madushika
Kanchanamala from Anula Vidyalaya (25-16, 25-6). She
also won the Women’s Doubles with Shashika Sandamali
beating Buddhini Dias and Nethmi Umanga (0-25, 25-23,
Sri Lanka different class at "Emirates Flying Catch"
Sri Lanka players and the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
were a class act as they posed for pictures and signed
autographs for a group of school children at the
Emirates Flying Catch inflatable. The Sri Lankans took
time out from their training session at Lord’s to give
kids from UCS school in North London a special treat
ahead of their Super Eight clash against Pakistan in the
ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
Emirates’ ICC Official Partner status gives the
airline sponsorship rights to all ICC major tournaments,
including the 2011 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cups, ICC
Champions Trophy and ICC World Twenty20. It also
sponsors the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, ICC
Under-19 World Cup, ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC
Women’s World Cup.
In partnership with the ICC, Emirates will continue
sponsoring the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and
Referees. This agreement will see the Fly Emirates logo
prominently displayed on the umpires’ clothing at all
ICC events until 2015.
Emirates also supports the Lord’s Taverners, the
cricketing charity whose team, featuring TV personality
Chris Tarrant and former England star Darren Gough, will
face the airline’s Fly Emirates XI at Windsor Castle
Five a side soccer social at the Colombo Hilton
The Hilton Colombo Sports & Fitness Club will host
yet another five a side soccer social. 16 teams will
participate this year and it will be held at the pool
lawn tennis court. The event is sponsored by Mohan Audio
Vision. Picture shows from left to right Desmond Silva –
Director Sports & Fitness Club Hilton Colombo, Mohamed
Naushad – General Manager, Mohan Audio Vision, Mohan
Dass – Managing Director Mohan Audio Vision, General
Manager Hilton Colombo Jerome Auvity, Tyronne Perera –
Member of the organizing committee and Palitha
Weerasinghe – Assistant Manager Sports & Fitness Club,
Hilton Colombo at the Captain’s meeting.
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