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12th December 2017 10:24:22 Hours

Platform Ready for ‘National Squash Competition - 2017’

More than 100 national squash competitors are to showcase their talents in the Army organized 37th ‘National Squash Competition - 2017’ tournament, scheduled during December 16-19 at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo.

A Press Conference at the Media Centre, Ministry of Defence on Monday (11) was told that all arrangements are ready to conduct the 37th ‘National Squash Competition - 2017’.

Brigadier Indrajith Vidyananda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Army Squash Committee announced that this year’s ‘National Squash Competition - 2017’is sponsored by the Sri Lanka Army for the first time in the history as an encouragement for sports development in the country.

The national championship organised by Sri Lanka Squash in coordination with the authorities of Ministry of Sports and Army Squash Committee will take place under eight titles on offer. The Men’s and Women’s open titles will be the most looked forward to events.

Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army as the Chief Guest will attend the prize awarding ceremony on Tuesday (19).

Squash was initially introduced to the country in 1906 by the British and it was only in 1981 that the sport was recognised as a professional sport in the country patronized under the Ministry of Sports and accredited under the Asian Squash Federation.

Major General Roshan Senevirathne, Military Spokesperson and Director General Media at the Army Headquarters, Brigadier H.G.I Vidyananda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Army Squash Committee, Brigadier Anura Sudasinghe, Director Sports at the Army Headquarters, Air Commodore A. Abeysekara (Rtd), Chairman, National Squash Association, Commander, W.S.P Jayawardene (Rtd), Secretary, National Squash Association, Lance Corporal H.M.W.I Chathuranga, Army Squash Player and a few more Officers were also associated with the press briefing on Monday (11).