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SLB donates Rs. one million towards Oshadie’s medical expenses

Trevor Reckerman, CEO - SLB hands over a cheque of Rs. one million to Oshadie’s parents while SLB President, Rohan de Silva and Vice President Palitha Hettiarachchi look on.
Trevor Reckerman, CEO - SLB hands over a cheque of Rs. one million to Oshadie’s parents while SLB President, Rohan de Silva and Vice President Palitha Hettiarachchi look on.

The Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) was quite magnanimous in giving a helping hand to national badminton player Oshadie Kuruppu who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. But what is heartening to know is that all her colleagues and past students of Visakha Vidyalaya living here and abroad have come to her aid by collecting the much needed funds to help her family to transfer Oshadie from the Apeksha Hospital at Maharagama to the Manipal Hospital in Bangalore for an urgent bone-marrow transplant to help save the life of this talented badminton player. Rohan de Silva, President, SLB took the initiative to grant a sum of one million rupees from the Association when the fund was set up for her medical expenses which is estimated to cost over 10 million rupees More and more support is expected, as Oshadie and her parents face a long struggle in India amidst the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is gratifying to note how the badminton community has rallied around National Player Oshadie Kuruppu who just failed to secure a place in the Sri Lanka squad for the last SAG tournament.

Meanwhile, the national squad was put through a stringent physical examination last Saturday at the Sports Ministry grounds with the National Coaches stressing on fitness supervised by Physical Fitness Trainer Asoka Jayasundera.

SLB National Pool Chairman, Palitha Hettiarachchi is emphatic that all national players maintain a high level of fitness if they aspire to take part in International Competitions in the coming year.

Moreover, it was refreshing to see senior players led by Olympic contender Niluka Karunaratne, SAG Gold Medalists, Thilini Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimanna, along with the Juniors, all lining up to face a series of tests which will come up for review in a three-month schedule.

SLB has also introduced a Nutrition Program for its top 20 players, which will be extended to the Final National Pool, which is expected to be pruned down from the present numbers by the year end. The nutrition programme monitored by HelaKeto, a specialist nutrition consultancy is augmented by the Sports Ministry Medical Unit, who have also offered their services.

These are some initial steps in a sustained welfare plan for the national squads, that SLB intends to put together to bring its ranks on par with the top Badminton nations of the world.

With this in mind, SLB is considering conducting a league competition for its National Players later this year to prepare for the forthcoming BWF programmes, no sooner the post-COVID schedules are resumed.

The SLB Ex-Co met the Minister of Sports recently and has discussed the prospect of recruiting an International Coach to take charge of its International campaign in the future.


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