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SLBA to resume National pool training

Rohan de Silva, President SLBA
Rohan de Silva, President SLBA

The Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) will resume their events by forming the Senior National Pool to start training from July 2 onwards at their headquarters at Maitland Place.

After a lay off of almost four months, SLBA has been given the go-ahead from the Sports Ministry to resume training for their Senior National pool players. The SLBA has called the players concerned for a meeting on Monday (29 June) at 4 p.m. at their headquarters. At the time of the stoppage due to the Covid-19 in March, the pool consisted of 30 players and the governing body expects the same number of players participation when they resume practices.

The SLBA is also awaiting permission from the Education Ministry to start the junior pool for both Boy’s and Girl’s. Since most of these players are representing the schools arena, the governing body is very particular about the health concerns. They are to pursue the pool with strict health guidelines issued by the Health Ministry. SLBA’s main objective of forming this pool is in preparation for the forthcoming World Junior Badminton Championship to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in January next year. Last year’s tournament was held in Russia.

Meanwhile, the applications were closed yesterday to select two coaches to take care of the National Pool. Their Selections are scheduled to be held in July, while the position for the National Coaches (two) will remain open which will be decided on a later date. All these selections will be done on criteria formulated and depending on their career experience.

The SLBA has also drawn up a plan to assign assistant coaches from outstations, to hunt for the talent to bring them to the National pool, which is to be set up next month. They have opted to get these coaches from Galle, Kandy and Anuradhapura districts.

“We have verbally got the green light from the Sports Ministry to form the Senior National Pool for which we are waiting for the written approval in due course. We are delighted to resume training for the senior National Pool followed by the junior pools for Boys and girls. Once we get the clearance from the relevant authorities we will form the necessary pools. Apart from the players, we are focusing on appointing a few coaches to take care of these players who are in the pools.” said Rohan de Silva, President SLBA.


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