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‘Unity Tour of Sri Lanka’ to commence from Jaffna

To coincide with the fifth annual Carlton Sports Festival to be held in Tissamaharama, the organizers have decided to include a cycle tour for the first time. The tour is named as the ‘Unity Tour of Sri Lanka’, said President of the Mountain Biking Association Amal Suriyage at the press briefing held at the Automobile Association Hall last Thursday.


The organizers of the Unity Tour of Sri Lanka Vice President MBA Wasantha Kahapolaarachci, Asst. Secretary CFSL Nishantha Piyasena, President MBA Amal Suriyage, Director Sports Tharunyata Hetak Association Ronnie Ibrahim, Media Co-ordinator Suresh Ratnasinghe, Vice President MBA Patrick Hapuarachchi and Vice President CFSL Group Captain S.K.S. Senaratne in a bid to show the sign of Unity by joining hands together.

Speaking further he said that ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ has been in the forefront in the sports arena since its inception. Carlton Super Sports Festival which was launched five years ago has produce many sports stars from the rural areas specially from the Southern Province.

Every year there has been addition of disciplines for the Festival and this year’s addition has a special significance. According to Namal Rajapaksa the race will see the begin in Jaffna and will end at Tissamaharama after five days. Amal said Tharunyata Hetak wanted this done to give an opportunity for the people of Jaffna to witness the top class riders in action.

Thereby encouraging the youngsters to take to the sports. This also will show the public in Jaffna that peace has reached them after three decades and real peace could be enjoyed by all in engaging in sports. As the cyclists in the peninsula is not accustomed to race riding, the organizers have made arrangements to hold two 20 km and 40 km events for schoolboys and girls in addition to the 90 km event for elite riders. The race proper will begin in Vavuniya and the riders will proceed to Anuradhapura, Dambulla and finish at Matale.

On the third day they travel to Colombo from Matale and then proceed to Matara on March 20. The final lap will be from Matara to Tissamaharama Festival ground on March 21.

The overall winner will be decided on the overall timing. The winner is to receive the Namal Rajapaksa Trophy. A total of Rs 500,000 will be distributed among the winners, said Amal. This year’s event has received the blessings of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa as this will serve as a bridge to enjoy the peace that the people of North gained few months ago. The Ceycling Federation will conduct the race according to international rules using the qualified judges during the event, said Assistant Secretary Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka. By organizing this sort of activities the Federation too get the opportunity of finding new talent for the future.

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