Published on - 9/19/2002
Soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army Engineers Regiment carried away the overall performance trophy at Inter-Regimental Wrestling Tournament 2002 (novices), played recently at Panagoda Army Cantonment indoor stadium, but the shield for Runners-up was claimed by Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment team who offered a tough resistance to their rival in all events.
The prevailing climate of peace in operational areas had profusely facilitated the participation of more and more Army soldiers in sports activities of this nature.
The tournament, witnessed by Major General S. Wanigasekara RWP RSP USP psc, Operation Commander, Colombo saw Captain H. M .M H.K Dharmasena ( kg 125 category), P. Jayaratne (kg 63 category) and P.M. S Wijebandara (kg 48 category) carry gold sovereigns while A. A. D Gayan Sampath (kg 43 category), Second Lt. W . J. S Wijesundera (kg 54 category), H. M. P. Premaratne (kg 58 category), K.D Gayan Buddhika (kg 83 category) and A.P. S Edirisinghe (kg 95 category) grabbed silver at this encounter.
The team spirit of contestants from ten Regiments of the Sri Lanka Army was amply demonstrated once again at this meet where the esprit de corps and comradeship of all participants was at its peak, judging by thundering rounds of applause and cheer extended by spectators, mostly the soldiers. It was after all a show of solidarity and strength since this collective effort certainly serves a catalyst to boost up the morale of soldiers. Members of the Sri Lanka Artillery, Sri Lanka Army Engineers, Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps, Sri Lanka Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Sri Lanka Army Corps of Military Police, Sri Lanka Army General Services Corps, Sri Lanka National Guard and Sri Lanka Army Pioneer Corps took part in the meet.
Second Lt. W. J. S Wijesundera from Sinha Regiment, who offered tough resistance at the meet was adjudged the Best Loser at the meet. He was also offered a Gold Medal for his performance amidst a thundering applause. A large gathering of sports enthusiasts witnessed the final session of the meet.