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Big prize money for Badminton Nationals

The Chief Referee – SLB 67th Nationals Ajith Wijayasinghe addressing the gathering during the media briefing held at 80’s Club on Wednesday. The Secretary of Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association (SLSBA) Saman Wijesinghe (left) and President of Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) Rohan de Silva (right) are also seen here. Picture by Ranjith Asanka
The Chief Referee – SLB 67th Nationals Ajith Wijayasinghe addressing the gathering during the media briefing held at 80’s Club on Wednesday. The Secretary of Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association (SLSBA) Saman Wijesinghe (left) and President of Sri Lank

The 67th National Championships and the 37 Junior Nationals for 2020 will take place at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo from January 13 to 18 with a Rs. one million cash bonanza up for grabs in the Senior category. The Junior category is also filled with a host of prizes on top of Trophies and Medals for all Winners. This national championship was slated for November 2019 but had to be pushed back because of the Presidential Elections.

Hundreds of top shuttlers from across the country will be on the hunt for the coveted National Champion titles during the six-day competition that is played to International standards with ten (10) synthetic courts used for the first time in a local tournament. Popularly called the Nationals, these two most important tournaments in the country’s badminton calendar, organized by Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) in partnership with the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association (SLSBA) has attracted the cream of Sri Lanka’s top players in both the Senior and Junior categories from all over the island. The shuttlers will compete in 24 event classes in the Senior Category, while the Junior Nationals will see up and coming young shuttlers vying for honours in 18 different age class events.

Apart from the open titles, players will be looking to bag honours in Under-23, Over 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 Men’s and Women’s Singles as well as in the Over 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 Men’s and Women’s Doubles events.

The Junior Nationals will see young shuttlers competing in under 18 events under five age groups; Under-11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 Boys’ and Girls Singles and Under13, 15, 17 and 19 Boys’ and Girls’ Doubles.

Addressing a gathering at a Media Conference held in Colombo last evening, Chairman of the Tournament Committee and a SLB Past President, Parakrama Basnayake stated, “that in his entire Badminton career, no Badminton event has been put together on such a lavish scale with pains taken to introduce top class International Standards into the local game so as to attract the best in the island and help raise the standard of the sport following the excellent showing of the National Team at the SA Games in Nepal in December 2019. Chairman Basnayake in his address lauded the efforts of SLB President for his unstinted support and generous funding for the sport which has energized the Badminton community to a level not witnessed before.”

Defending Singles Champions, Dinuka Karunaratne and Thilini Hendahewa will be the cynosure of all eyes, vying for the two most sought after Badminton titles in the island, despite strong competition from several talented shuttlers who are determined to make a difference this time around.

In the previous edition of the event, Thilini and Kavidi Sirimannage won the women’s doubles title while Kavidi and Buwaneka Gunatilleka won the mixed doubles. Sachin Dias and Buwaneka captured the top honours in the men’s doubles.

 


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