CSN Champs to be found in Kandy
Carlton Sports Network in association with the Ministry of Sports,
Ministry of Education and Ministry of Youth Affairs will conduct a
massive sports programme for over 1,500 youths from the Kandy District
at the Bogambara Stadium and Police grounds, Kandy today commencing at 9
a.m. This programme is titled "CSN Champs" and will cover six sports.
Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage will be the Chief Guest
and the opening ceremony will be at the Bogambara Stadium.
This is the fourth in the series covering the 26 districts in the
country and already similar programmes had been held at Matara, Badulla
and Kurunegala which has been a tremendous success with the youths
displaying tremendous enthusiasm and in everyone of these programmes the
participants exceeded 1,300. This project will be handles by Creative
Director Saddamangala Suriyabandara, Chief Executive Officer Nishantha
Ranatunga, Ms. Yasara Abeynaike, (Channel Head) Prasanna Jayasundera,
(Director Marketing) Janaka Ranatunga (Director Finance and Human
Resources) and Malcolm Perera (Project Consultant).
Project Consultant Malcolm Perera said that this programme will cover
six sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, volleyball, hockey and
soccer and will be directly handles by the National coaches and
selectors of the respective sports.
For example he said cricket will be handled by former national
players Ravindra Pushpakumara and Lanka Silva along with Sunil Fernando,
Rugby by Sarath Martis and Ananda Kasturiarachchi and Rohan Gunaratne,
Hockey by former National Captains Dharshana Wijesinghe and Sarath
Wimalasinghe and similar arrangements have been made for other sports as
Malcolm Perera said that this programme is open to boys and girls
between the ages 15 to 22 and they need not have achieved any standard
and anyone wishing to improve their skills could into one of the venues
on Saturday morning and register themselves and no pre-requisites are
required. The objective behind this massive programme is to harness the
hidden talents of the youths and identify the best sport they are
suitable and in which way they could make the grade. For example a
schoolboy may try to bowl fast but he could be a better spinner or a
Their skills will be sharpened. He said this programme will also give
the schoolboys and schoolgirls to make into the school side when they
had given up hopes without trying. They will told of the suitable sport
for them and from here they could make the start with their schools.
This is identifying their hidden talents.
Having covered the 26 district, this programme will boil down to
provincial level where the number of participants will come down to 500
and they will be helped to further improve their skills through various
programmes. Another important aspect of this programme is that fifty
schoolchildren will be trained on relaying commentaries on various
sports and while this programme is on they will be tested for their
ability in broadcasting and corrected and they could build up a career
in this where there is a big scope.
So youths here is your chance and you make the best use of it on
It is also reported that over 300 schools have been invited for this
programme and every participant will be provided with refreshments and