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Layton Cup boxing tournament to serve as trial for South Asian Games

The cream of Sri Lanka’s boxing stars including bronze medallists at the Indonesian President’s Cup tournament Piyal Dharmasena and Gayan Indika Bandara will be seen in action at the Layton Cup (Men and Women) Boxing Tournament to be held from August 13 to 17 at the Royal MAS Arena commencing at 4.00 p.m. each day.

“This tournament will also serve as a trial to select a national pool for the South Asian Games (SAG) in December,” said Gayan Dhananjaya, secretary of the Boxing Association of Sri Lanka (BASL).

The BASL sent five boxers to international competitions in Thailand and Indonesia last month as part of their strategy to provide international exposure to national boxers ahead of the SAG scheduled to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from December 1 to 10. The quota for the SAG for boxing is 15 (nine men and six women) pugilists, according to sources in the ministry.

Able Seaman Bandara of Navy and Lance Corporal Dharmasena of Army basked in bronze medal glory at the 23rd Indonesian President's Cup after losing in the semifinals while the other three pugilists Sgt. Ishan Bandara, L/Cpl Sajeewa Nuwan Kumara and solitary woman boxer Sajeewani Cooray of Air Force were eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the Thailand Open International Boxing Tournament.

A provisional 21-member national pool has been submitted to the Ministry of Sports SAG Secretariat last month by the BASL, but according to a BASL executive member, they have no idea when it was selected.

However, a member of the BASL selection committee said they were selected on the performances of boxers at last year’s Layton Cup and National Championships. “They are the best of the lot. There may be changes after the Layton Cup,” said a long-serving national selector Udeni Kiridena.

A new selection committee could be in place before the Layton Cup after 10 names were nominated at the BASL annual general meeting held last month. The present BASL selection committee comprises Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya (chairman), Udeni Kiridena, Anuruddha Ratnayake, Susantha Weerasena and H.S. Caldera.

“The Ministry of Sports said they have submitted the nominations to the National Sports Selection Committee which is headed by former Army commander Gen. Daya Ratnayake. Once they select the five people to serve on the selection committee, we will invite them for the Layton Cup. But we have informed the ministry that if we don’t get the new committee before the Layton Cup meet, the old selection committee will continue to function,” said the BASL secretary.

Following is the national boxing pool:


Light Flyweight (49 kg): M.P.G. Sanjeeva Nuwan (SL Army), A.M.G.I. Bandara (SL Navy), T.G.H.N. Jinadasa (Peradeniya BC), J.M.N. Jeevakumara (SL Air Force).

Flyweight (52 kg): M.V.I.R.S. Bandara (SL Army), P.G.E. Madushan (SL Air Force), K.V.L. Eranda (Police), R.M.P. Dharmasena (SL Army)

Bantamweight (56 kg): U.N.K. Amarawansa (Slimline), W.R.T. Weerakkody (SL Army)

Lightweight (60 kg): K.A.B.S. Jayampathi (Slimline), N.B.A.J. Wimukthi Kumara (SL Army)

Light Welterweight (64 kg): P.V.D.D.D. Saparamadu (Slimline), R.W.M.S.D. Rajakaruna (SL Army)

Welterweight (69 kg): N.M. Hettiarachchi (Slimline), P.D.D. Maduranga (SL Army)


Light Flyweight (48 kg): Nadeeka Pushpakumari (Unichela)

Fly Weight (51 kg): K.A.K. Nilmini (Unichela)

Bantam Weight (54 kg): M.P.P.S. Cooray (SL Air Force)

Featherweight (57 kg): K.A.K. Hansika (Unichela)

Lightweight (60 kg): K.A.D. Dharmatilleke (Unichela)

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