23rd July 2020 09:00:57 Hours
Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regimental Headquarters at Panagoda on Wednesday (22) evening added new sports features to its regimental legacy and opened the newly-established Squash and Tennis Courts during a simple ceremony, dignified by the presence of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army who is also the Chairman of National Sport Selection Committee.
At the invitation of Major General Jayantha Gunaratne, Colonel of the Regiment, SLLI and Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi, both Squash and Tennis Courts were vested in All Ranks by the day’s Chief Guest, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
Both Courts, products of untiring efforts of Brigadier Anura Dissanayake, SLLI Centre Commandant and Lieutenant Colonel Dulsara Dharmasena who closely supervised the project were erected with funds made available by the SLLI Regimental HQ.
Unveiling of separate plaques near to both Courts by the day’s Chief Guest, followed an exhibition match symbolically warming both Courts while the day’s Chief Guest and other invitees watched. After the game, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva awarded prizes to the SLLI achievers after inviting them to the auditorium. A few minutes later, the day’s Chief Guest addressed the troops and spoke about the importance of sports as a tool to promote collective responsibility and one’s physical stamina.
As the final segment of the day Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva joined SLLI senior officers and their spouses for a dinner hosted in his honour at Officers mess a group photo followed. Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva left a few complimentary remarks in the visitors’ book before he went away from the premises.
A drive-past at the entrance to the SLLI Regimental HQ honoured the day’s Chief Guest on arrival in the evening before he was received by Major General Jayantha Gunaratne, Colonel of the Regiment and the Centre Commandant, SLLI.
A large gathering of Officers and Other Ranks of the SLLI witnessed the day’s events.