More than 1500 TT tables for schools
Newly elected President of the Sri Lanka Table Tennis Association (TTASL),
Construction, Engineering Services, Housing Construction and Common
Amenities Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna disclosed that he will
make arrangements with the Education Ministry to distribute 1500 new
Table Tennis tables to schools. He was inducted to the office for a
second term during the recently conducted TTASL Annual General Meeting
at the Otters Aquatic Club Colombo.
According to Alagiyawanna, funds for 1000 TT tables, which is worth
approximately 25 million rupees, have been already approved by the
Education Ministry and the remaining 500 tables will be funded by the
Ministers / Members of the Parliament and Provincial Council members
through their decentralized budget.
With the aim to popularize the sport through out the country, the
tables will be distributed to the schools far and near. The selected
schools will be announced in due course.
He further said that his intention is to engage all school children
in Table Tennis in every region including North and East. Newly elected
Chairman of the Coaching and Development Committee Manzil Muthalib who
represents Kandy TTA, together with all leading coaches in Sri Lanka
have planned to train PTIs as teachers with the assistance of the Sports
and Education Ministries. Newly elected General Secretary of the TTASL,
Dhananjaya Dharmaratne commended this development activities initiated
by the TTASL President and said all newly elected officials must work
hard to fulfill the TTASL's aspiration of making Table Tennis the most
popular indoor game in Sri Lanka.
Chandana Perera, the Chief Coordinating Officer of the TTASL has
requested all Associations, Organizations, Schools and Clubs to send
their senior players, former players, PTIs and Sports Instructors to the
Trainers' Training Programmes conducted by the TTASL. Those who are
interested can send their Bio - data to reach Chandana Perera at 51/35,