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Kandy Mayor to upgrade sports in the city

The Mayor of Kandy Kesara Senanayake believes sport is a powerful tool for social change, and can be used to address a range of issues facing communities. 

The Kandy Municipal Council is blessed with 24  playgrounds across the city, and  many of them need to be upgraded as they have  reached  the end of their life spans. The Mayor has started to clean and upgrade the playgrounds, which is going to help sports lovers in a big way. 

The KMC also has 45 community centers where indoor sports are played.  These sporting venues not only help the very young, but also kids of older ages and teenagers and adults.

The Mayor’s strategy for sport – Sport for All of Us – will support a long-term vision to make Kandy the most active and socially-integrated city.  Today there are many schools and clubs without grounds. The only ground they had for matches the Bogambara Stadium was taken over by the Sports Ministry in the late 1990’s. When it was under the Municipality the ground charged only a few hundred rupees. Today the price is sky-high and poor schools and clubs are finding it difficult to pocket out the money. 

For the last six months or over the stadium is under repairs. Today there is a crying need for more and more playgrounds with many youngsters taking to sports. The Mayor’s initiative will be a great help to put the youth of today on the correct path.

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