NSBA Open Badminton tourney assures top class fare
THE Open All Island Badminton Championships organised by National
Services Badminton Association will commence on Monday and end on
Saturday Sept 24 at S. Thomas' College Indoor Sports Complex.
This year the tournament is sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom's Rainbow
Pages said Upali Arambewala President of the nationalised Badminton
Association at the press briefing held at SSC last Wednesday.
He said nationalised services BA is the most active body which
conducts the highest number of tourneys.
This tourney which was commenced in 1987 has became the most popular
among shuttlers of all age groups. The tournament has attracted over
1000 from all parts of the country.
The most number of entries received were from the under 11 age group
for boys and girls. He said 540 matches are scheduled to be conducted
during six days of play.
He added that Sri Lanka has the potential to compete at international
level and that was the reason NSBA wants to conduct tournaments for
youngsters to encourage them to continue with the sports. The finals are
scheduled to be telecast live on channel Eye on the final day of the
Winners will award cash award in addition to the trophies. School
children are not eligible to receive cash awards and they will receive
Kapila Chandrasena (Chief Marketing Officer) who represented the
sponsors Sri Lanka Telecom speaking said Badminton is a sport that
sports men and women of all ages could participate. With this mind and
with the hope of promoting the sport which could reach international
standards his company decided to join hands with the NSBA.
He said "I am sure that our sponsorship will definitely help find new
talent which is of vital importance for the future of the sport. He
concluded saying that his company hopes to continue with more help
towards the promotion of the game here.
Oliver Guruge Chairman of the tournament committee said this the
participation has dropped slightly as there is another tournament
arranged for the following week.
Specially the players from outstations are unable to come down to
Colombo twice in a week and they have opted to skip this event. We are
also unable to shift the dates as this was planned earlier.
On the final day the chief guest will be Kapila Chandrasena (Chief
Marketing Officer Sri Lanka Telecom while L. P. M. P. Balapitiya
(General Manager Directory Services) and L. Joseph (Director Admn SLT)
grace the occasion as guests of honour.