National Standard Cycling C'ships to commence next month
The Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka has organised a Standard Cycle
Championship for men and women to be conducted in eight stages with the
healthy sponsorship of Neth FM, Associated Motorways Limited and Hutch
was made known to the media by Nishantha Piyasena the Secretary of the
CFSL at a press briefing held at the Greatwall Hotel, Colombo.
The three sponsors also signed their agreements with the Cycling
Federation of Sri Lanka on this day.
The Chief Executive Officer of NETH FM, Asanga Jayasooriya
(fourth from left) exchanging the sponsorship agreement with
Secretary, Sri Lanka Cycle Federation Nishantha Piyasena at
a ceremony held at Great Wall, Colpetty, Colombo on Friday
in connection with the ‘NETH National Cycle Championship
2008’. Others in the picture (from left) Wing Commander
Roshan Biyanwila, VP of CFSL), Nisha Karunaratne (GM -
Marketing, NETH FM) and Sanjaya Senerath (GM -Marketing -
HUTCH) Picture by A. Maduraveeran
According to him the events are to commence on February 23 with the
Wayamba Province race with the participation of riders from Kurunegala
and Puttalm District. The co-ordination of this event will completely
handled by the two district Associations and conducted by the Federation
The other Provincial events too will have same system. The riders of
all these Provinces should send in their entries to the respective
District Associations. But the North Central Province will be handled by
the Anuradhapura Association as the Polonnaruwa Association is not
Piyasena said that this Championship which will be completed in
September will give an opportunity for the up and coming riders to come
out with their best. Through this Championship the Association hopes to
find the young talent to give the necessary training for them to reach
The riders will have chance prove their ability as the Elite riders
are not permitted to compete in this championship. This the Association
consider as the best way to send the message to the young riders who
aspiring for future career in Cycling.
He further said that the final of the championship is to be held in
Kalutara. Fifteen riders from each Province will qualify for the final
at Kalutara. The men will have to ride for 120 kilometres, while the
women riders are compete riding a distance of 45 kilometres. The final
too will be of the same distance.
The itinerary for the other six events are Southern Province (Galle,
Matara, Hambantota) on March 22, North Central (Anuradhapura,
Polonnaruwa) April 11, Sabaragamuwa (Kegalle, Ratnapura) May 10, Western
Province (Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara) June 14, Central Province (Kandy,
Nuwara Eliya) July 12, Uva Province (Badulla, Moneragala) Aug. 9.
The winners are to receive very heavy cash awards in addition to the
trophies on offer to the winners of all stages as well as the final. The
overall Champion at the final will receive the highest cash award of
200,000 which is also the biggest reward for a rider in the history of
cycling in Sri Lanka. The winner of the women category too get a cash
award of Rs. 100,000.
According to sponsors the amount they hope to dispense for the event
is well over 15m. Asanga Jayasuriya Chief Executive of Neth FM said that
the sponsorship is for a good cause as this sporting event is an event
where people from all parts the country get the opportunity to compete.
Our intention was to give the people of this country their due and
that is why we thought it is a fitting one to sponsor.
Sanjaya Senarath General Manager who represented the Hutch said that
his Company serves the whole country through their net work and the
sport we have joined too is one that can go through all parts of the so
it became a must for us join hands with CFSL.
Yohan Silva Senior General Manager Associated Motorways speaking said
that his Company being one of the leading fully fledged local company
has a right to serve its consumers in what ever possible way. This
prompted us to tie up with Cycling which is a sport that that spread
right through the country.
For more details on the event can be obtained by dialling 077348776