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TT players to get permanent place for training

Sri Lankan pair of  Ishara Madurangi and Imesh Rangasinghe in their mixed doubles game against Thailand at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
Sri Lankan pair of Ishara Madurangi and Imesh Rangasinghe in their mixed doubles game against Thailand at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.

The Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka (TTASL) will finally get a permanent place for the players’ practices at Torrington Sports Ministry premises new building. This is a much-needed requirement for the paddlers and several times this issue was pointed out by the officials of TTASL. The present President of the TTASL State Minister Kanaka Herath finally submitted this proposal to the new Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa.

Last week after a successful discussion between Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa and Plantation State Minister Kanaka Herath, this much-needed place for the table tennis players’ practices was obtained.

“This is good news for the local paddlers who are expected to get a permanent place for practices. They had to train on their own with their coaches and this was a big issue especially when the national pool was named by the selectors as all of them couldn’t practice at one place,” said former Secretary of the TTASL Chandana Perera.

In addition, TTASL has to pay money for private places for the practices. Last South Asian trials they had to hire Mercantile Badminton Association courts and most of the time they have to conduct their tournaments at the S.Thomas Gymnasium in Mt. Lavinia, however now TTASL have their own place for at least their practices. Nevertheless TTASL still has to find a place to conduct the tournaments. The new place at Torrington is also an asset for the players as Sports Ministry Gymnasium is also close to this place. Meanwhile, after a break of six months, TTASL will resume their activities by conducting a few local tournaments. They are expected to start off by conducting the Mayor’s Cup tournament in Kandy in October for leading paddlers after a break of six months followed by the National Championship in November. This will be followed by the South Asian Junior championship in November in Bangladesh.

Sri Lankan Table Tennis players are only second to the Indians at the South Asian level and their aim is to come up with hard training. However, Indians have better facilities and the present TT administration headed by State Minister Kanaka Herath wanted to give better facilities to promote this sport and get successful results in the future.


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