SLTA save two courts from road-widening project
by Revata S. Silva
The Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) has reached a settlement with the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) to minimise the harm caused on its hard courts due to the on-going road-widening project initiated by the Municipal Council.
SLTA vice-president Arjan Perera told "The Island" that the issue had been amicably settled by the two parties and the Association was happy that it lost only one hard court out of three. The three courts are on the western side of the SLTA adjoining both Ananda Kumaraswamy Mawatha and Marcus Fernando Mawatha.
"We are happy to have two courts and it is highly understandable that a mere tennis court must not affect a serious social project. The CMC had been informing us about this project for a long time and now it has been settled that we can use two courts in our future tournaments," added Perera.
CMC’s dismantling of the wall adjoining one hard court caused problems in conducting the ITF Women’s Circuit tennis tournament, held early last month.
Azad Sally, Deputy Mayor CMC, when contacted said that the issue had now been settled and the SLTA could now use two of its hard courts without a problem.
"Originally there was fear that our project was affecting two courts. But later on I made arrangements to minimise the harm and the SLTA can now build on the remaining courts to suit their tournament standards," Sally added.
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