South Asian Soccer Sevens for men & women in Badulla
The fifth South Asian seven-a-side soccer championship for men and
women is scheduled to be held on July 13, 14 and 15 at Vincent Dias
stadium in Badulla.
Namal Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Thaarunyata Hetak Foundation
addressing the mediamen regarding the 5th South Asian
seven-a-side soccer championship to be worked off in Badulla
from July 13-15. Also in the picture are Dishan Gunesekera,
Lalith Piyum Perera, Gamini Wijith Wijayamuni Soysa Chief
Minister Uva Province and President Seven-a-Side Soccer
Association and L. B. Michael. Pic by Sudath Malaweera.
All eight countries from South Asia India, Pakistan, Nepal,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives, have confirmed their
participation, said chairman of Thaarunyata Hetak Foundation Namal
Rajapaksa at a press briefing held on Tuesday at its head office in
Rajapaksa speaking further said that Thaarunyata Hetak is a
Foundation formed to serve the people of rural areas who deserve proper
guidance to reach national level in sports. At present most of national
level sportsmen are from outstations.
But still there are many who have not got the opportunity to prove
their ability to come up in their respective sporting disciplines.
The Foundation thought it fitting to promote sports in different
parts of the country with a view to finding talents and also to provide
the general public the opportunity witness the capabilities of the
youngsters of the area.
That is why the Foundation decided to join hands with Uva Provincial
Council to conduct the tourney in Badulla.
The winners of the both segments will receive the Carlton Challenge
Trophy Rajapaksa said that this tourney is sure to attract the
spectators from all parts of Uva Province, as this is the first occasion
that an international tournament is held there.
Lastly he mentioned that his Foundation has fulfilled all their
achievements up to date and hopes to continue the future plans on
schedule to help the young generation for a better future tomorrow.
G.W. Wijithamuni Zoysa President of the Seven-a-Side Football
Association and Chief Minister of Uva Province speaking said that
football and hockey were the most popular sports in the Uva.
But in the recent past these sports taken a downward trend, with this
tournament we are that sports will definitely get a boost when the idea
was mooted by the Thaarunyata Hetak Foundation we grabbed the
opportunity with the sole intention of serving the people of Uva.
He said that it was Medagama MV team that first participated in this
tournament and won a medal.
I took a personal interest for the sport and formed the Association
with the assistance from L.B. Michael who is the present secretary.
When Medagama MV toured, there were no sponsors we at the Provincial
Council decided to help these young soccerites. As a respect for
bringing honour to our motherland we have also made arrangements to hold
womens matches at Medagama MV ground, Bibile. But both finals are
scheduled to be played at Vincent Dias stadium, Badulla.
L.B. Michael said that the Association made a request to the Asian
Body to add an extra team from Sri Lanka. This request was granted and
the Association will field a national team a team from the Medagama MV.
The nine teams will be divided into two groups and play on a league
basis. The leaders and the runner up of each group qualify for the
semis, the losers of semis will play the third place play off.
Namal Rajapaksa the Chairman of the Thaarunyata Hetak will be the
chief guest on the final day and give away the awards. It was also
disclosed that the next year’s tourney too will be staged here.