New squash court for Nalanda
President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiling the plaque to open the new
squash court of Nalanda College watched by Deputy President of
the OBA Kassapa Mahendra de Silva.
A new page in the annals of Nalanda College, Colombo was turned on
October 26 when the newly constructed squash court was opened by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Squash has become a popular sport in Sri Lanka in recent years. The
idea of constructing a court at the college premises, in keeping with
the trend prevailing in the field of sports at present, was mooted by
the past President of the Junior Old Boys' Association of Nalanda
College, Athula Jayasekera.
The idea was well received by the Old Nalandians and Prasanna
Amarabandu, another old boy of Nalanda, undertook to design the court.
The present Deputy President of the OBA, Kassapa Mahendra De Silva,
took upon himself the burden of financing the entire cost of the
project, amounting to over seven million rupees, with his personal
funds. Construction was under the able supervision of Premasiri
Nanayakkara yet another old boy of Nalanda College. The culminating
event of the official opening of the court and handing it over to the
college was organized by the executive committee of the OBA ably
assisted by Sugath Nagahawatte of the Junior OBA.