Amid a large gathering of sports-lovers, curtains came down on the annual Inter Battalion Volleyball Tournament of the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN) on Monday (29) at the Harmony Volleyball Court Complex in Mankulam.
The event, organized on the directions of Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana, Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi was competed by 35 Army teams and 2 civil sports clubs in the area during May 15 - 29.
Teams of the 24 Gemunu Watch (GW) and 3 Gajaba Regiment (GR) entered the final fray, showing their sports talents while Mankulam Minnoli Sports Club and Mulankavil Vinayagar Sports Club competed for supremacy in the civil sector finals.
However, 3 Gajaba Regiment team after a closely-contested tussle against their counterparts secured the championship in the final encounter in Mankulam. Similarly, Mankulam Minnoli Sports Club in the civil category emerged victorious and carried away the championship trophy after beating its rival.
Lance Corporal Lakmal of 3 GR was adjudged the Player of the Tournament while honours were also bestowed on Sergeant Medawatta of 3 GR as the Best Setter and Private Sanjeewa of 24 GW as the Best Attacker in the finals. In the civil category, S. Rajendran of Mulankavil Vinayagar Sports Club, both Arogya Anthony and S. Sajeenkoch of Mankulam Minnoli Sports Club were awarded as the Best Attacker, Best Player and Best Setter respectively during the tournament.
The tournament, a gesture to promote goodwill and reconciliation between civilians and Security Forces was closely coordinated and set in place by Major General H. J. S Gunawardhana, General Officer Commanding, 57 Division with the coordination of the 574 Brigade Commander.
Towards the end of the tournament, trophies and certificates were given away to the winners and other achievers by the day’s Chief Guest, Major General Ajith Kariyakarawana, Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi.
Senior Officers, Officers and Other Ranks and a large crowd of civilians witnessed the finals and the two-week long tournament.