|Wednesday, 20 August 2003|
German Women's soccer team in 7-1 win over Trincomalee
On August 16th the German football team SV Wachtendonk played the first international match in Trincomalee after 20 years against the women's team of the Trincomalee football League. After their visit to Germany the German team was invited to Sri Lanka for the return visit.
The match under the motto "Games for Peace" ended in a 7-1 win for the German team but as Upali Hewage (SSP and President of the Trincomalee Football League) said: "One goal is worth ten goals in Trincomalee". The match was organised by A.G.S.E.P. (Asian German Sports Exchange Program) in collaboration with the local police.
The aim of the "Games for Peace" tour is to promote inter-cultural understanding and especially, as Doering (chairman of A.G.S.E.P.) emphasized: "Sports can do wonders and is a vehicle to peace".
Trincomalee in special, as a town that is highly affected by the ethnic conflicts of the past 15 years, is a suitable place for cultural and ethnical exchange. It could be taken as a model for peaceful relations between Sinhalese and Tamils who confronted the German football players as one team in the match in Trincomalee.
Two more matches of the "Games for Peace" tour will take place in Colombo (20th August) and Ja-Ela (21st August) and are supported by the Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees. To make the games an unforgettable event and to support the desire for peace and understanding everybody is invited to watch the matches.
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