The Sri Lanka National Volleyball Federation for Disabled had its ‘Minister S.M Chandrasena Challenge Trophy’ final tournament at Maharagama Youth Council Stadium on Monday (21) where nine teams of the Army vied for supremacy.
The tournament, the precursor to the forthcoming World Trophy Tournament in Cambodia during June this year, was closely competed by disable volleyball teams of the Sri Lanka Engineers Regiment, Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Gemunu Watch Regiment, Gajaba Regiment, Vijayaba Infantry Regiment, Commando Regiment, Special Forces Regiment and Sri Lanka National Guard and the Western Sports Academy team.
The Sri Lanka National Volleyball Federation for Disabled was exclusively founded recently with a view to promoting sport interests among War Heroes who had donated their legs and limbs for defence of their motherland. The national pool, suitable to attend the World Trophy Tournament, was also selected, subsequent to Monday’s tournament at Maharagama.
Teams from the Gemunu Watch Regiment and the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment secured the third place while the final round was competed by Sri Lanka Light Infantry and Gajaba Regiment teams.
Amidst stiff resistance of the rival team, Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment players finally emerged victorious in the tournament and carried away the ‘Minister S.M Chandrasena Challenge Trophy’ with a cash prize of Rs 100,000/=. The Gajaba Regiment team, the runners-up in the tournament and the third place also received trophies plus cash prizes from special guests. The best setter, best dasher, best all rounder, et al and all participants meanwhile, received special prizes and certificates at the ceremony that followed the final tournament.
Minister of Agrarian Services & Wildlife and Chairman, Sri Lanka National Volleyball Federation for Disabled Mr S.M Chandrasena graced the final tournament and the prize awarding ceremony as the chief guest at the Maharagama Youth Council.
The new website for the Sri Lanka National Volleyball Federation for Disabled was also launched on the same occasion. Artistes of Army cultural troupes entertained the invitees as the programme was on.
Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General R.M.D Ratnayake, Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters, senior Army officers and a large number of sports fans attended the final event.