Sponsors President's Gold Cup tourney:
Dialog assures future of VB
OVER five thousand Volleyballers from 400 clubs in the island are
geared up to participate at the President's Volleyball Gold Cup
Tournament to be played from June 18.
The tournament held after a lapse of six years is conducted by the
Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation together with the Ministry of Youth
Affairs and Sports and sponsored by Dialog GSM.
Jeevan Kumaratunga, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports said that
the game of volleyball was very popular in the country some years ago.
Way back in 1991 volleyball was declared as the national sport of Sri
Lanka but it was only name sake.
The Sports Minister added that with young Deputy Minister Dilan
Perera at the helm of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation, the game is
sure to reach greater heights.
It will be a big responsibility on Dilan Perera to put the game of
volleyball on a better standard. He should combine with the media and
sponsor to promote the game at the highest level," said the Sports
Minister Kumaratunga expressed his delight at the sponsorship. "I
thank Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, the CEO of Dialog GSM for sponsoring this
tournament. Volleyball has been neglected and dialog GSM is giving the
sport and its players much needed support and encouragement," he said.
Volleyball chief Dilan Perera said that its their first endeavour in
holding the President's Gold Cup Tournament. The tournament will be
played at district, provincial and national levels and no player is
allowed to represent his or her club or work place but represent the
district or the province.
Minister Perera added that this is the first time big cash awards
(rupees one lakhs) will be presented to the champions in addition to the
The Volleyball boss thanked Dialog GSM for coming forward to sponsor
this tournament. Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya CEO of Dialog GSM said his
company was committed to supporting and uplifting volleyball in the
Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, Deputy Minister of Sports said that the
President's Volleyball Gold Cup Tournament will enable them to pick best
Volleyballer both men and women for the South Asian Games to be held in
Colombo next year.
Perera said that in a short period they have begun the task of
developing and promoting the game of volleyball and he hoped that with
his band of officials he will succeed.
The Deputy Minister added that Dialog GSM will be behind the Sri
Lanka Volleyball Federation for the promotion of the game.
Dr. Wijayasuriya said that their establishment started in a small way
and are today a major sponsor of Sri Lanka Sport. Dialog GSM is
committed to developing Sri Lanka sporting talent to international
The company has sponsored national contingents to the Olympics,
Peralympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Athletic
Championships and the SAAF Games. The company is also closely associated
with School Cricket, Football, Rugby Football, Disabled Sports and
"We are proud to sponsor volleyball too. The sponsorship has enabled
the President's Volleyball Gold Cup to be reinvigorated after a lapse of
six years," said Dr. Wijayasuriya.
The matches in the District level will be worked off on June 18, 19,
25 and 26 and the winners will be eligible to play at Provincial level.
The matches in the Provincial Level will be played on July 2 and 3.
The champions and runner-up in both men's and women's will qualify to
play in the National Level. The National Level game will be played on
July 11 to 17 at the NYSC indoor stadium at Maharagama.
The finals will be played in the first week in August at NYSC indoor
stadium, Maharagama. The National winners will walk away with
President's Gold Cup and Rs. 100,000, the runner-up and third place will
receive Dialog GSM Challenge Trophies and Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 25,000
The District and Provincial teams will be vying for Dialog GSM
Challenge Trophies Provincial winner will receive Rs. 10,000, runner-up
Rs. 7,500. District winners and runners up will receive Rs. 7,500 and