The picturesque Thalayadi beach in the Vadamarachchi (East) region in the Jaffna peninsula witnessed an exciting Beach Volleyball tournament for the first time on 14 May, following initiatives taken by the 55 Infantry Division after the sport was introduced to them with Army training sessions within a span of six months.
The Beach Volleyball training programme consisted of four distinct segments with the introduction of the sport to local schools and sports organizations, followed by training sessions conducted by Army Beach Volleyball coaches. An inter-school tournament was then held to identify talented players for participation in club tournaments with the objective of grooming young athletes in Jaffna to reach national-level competitions.
The tournament reached its climax on Thalayadi beach with two teams from Ampanand Aliyawalai making it to the finals out of 22 participating teams.
The team from Ampan, Pingpong Sports Club emerged victorious after three rounds of intense play. The crowd was also treated to two exhibition matches between men's and women's beach volleyball teams of the Sri Lanka Army, adding excitement and thrill during the final tussle.
Major General D.B.S.N. Bothota RWP RSP VSV USP psc, Commander Security Forces Jaffna, graced the finals as the chief guest, together with a large gathering of local sports fans, civilians and military personnel, including the General Officers Commanding of 51, 52, 55, and 56 Infantry Divisions, the Deputy Commander of the Northern Naval Area, Senior DIG Jaffna, Commander Forward Maintenance Area in Jaffna, SSP Kilinochchi Division, Divisional Secretary Maruthankerny, Provincial Education Director North and other distinguished guests.
The event received support from well-wishers and donors who contributed to its final success.