College, Ambalangoda were the boys’ overall champions at the
35th Junior National Badminton Championships concluded last week
in Colombo. They were followed by Royal College and Ananda
Anula BMV Nugeogda won the overall championship
in the girls’ segment while Lindsay College and Visakha
Vidyalaya became the first and the second runners-up.
Over 5000 shuttlers took part in this year’s
championship. The outstation players dominated the tournament
which was conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton
Association (SLSBA) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka
Badminton Association (SLBA).
The tournament was conducted in three stages —
zonal level, provincial level and national level. The cream of
the players came to Colombo for the final round. In fact, it was
the major tournament of the schools calendar and easily became
the one involving the highest number of competitors. There were
competitors from 167 schools and the especial feature was the
participation of 26 shuttlers from Jaffna region in the final
rounds in Colombo after 1983. A few Jaffna shuttlers were able
to reach the third round of the tournament and that alone was a
great achievement for them.
Boys and girls Under 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 Singles
and Under 13, 15, 17 and 19 Doubles events were conducted. Based
on their performance in the Singles events, boys and girls were
selected for the Under 19 Mixed Doubles events.
Dinuka retains Under 19 title
Dinuka Karunaratne of Royal College retained the
Boys Under 19 Singles title for the second year in succession.
Dinuka proved his class clinching the Under 19 Doubles title as
well. He beat Thomian Eranga Rajapakse 15-10, 15-6 in the
Singles. He then partnered by K.G.K Jayawardena of Dharmaraja,
Kandy won the Under 19 Doubles title defeating Earanga Fernando
of Dharmasoka and Lasith Menaka of Royal 15-10, 10-15, 15-9.
Dinuka speaking to the ‘Sunday Island’ said he
was overjoyed after the victory. "It’s a big boost for my
forward march," he said.
Sulochana triple crown winner
Meanwhile, Visakhian Sulochana Ariyadasa hogged
the limelight winning a triple crown. She won the Under 19
Singles defeating Dharmasokian Lakshi de Silva 11-5, 11-1. Then
she joined Prathibani Bambarandage of Devi BMV to clinch the
Under 19 Girls Doubles title. Finally, together with Eranga
Fernando she won the Mixed Doubles title defeating Dinuka
Karunaratne and Prathibani Bambarandage.
Sulochana, who is in the Senior National pool as
well as SAG pool recently received a two-month International
Badminton Federation (IBF) training in Beijing, China.
Nayomi Karunaratne (Visakha), a cousin sister of
Dinuka, won the Girls Under 15 title defeating Harini Perera of
Anula BMV 2-11, 11-4, 11-0. She was adjudged the Most Improved
Girl Player for her performances.
M.A.S. Sandaruwan, the unseeded player of
President’s College, Maharagama reached the Boys Under 13 final
and was later adjudged the Most Improved Boy’s Player.
NOC Chief praises badminton
Hemasiri Fernando, the Chairman of the National
Olympic Committee was the Chief Guest and gave away the main
awards. "The standard of badminton has increased. Niluka
Karunaratne is the best example. Niluka (ranked 71 in the world)
has a good future", Fernando said.
The NOC chief also revealed that the
International Olympic Committee will donate 1.2 million rupees
for Niluka’s training in the next two years running to the
Olympics in Beijing. "We expect more from our shuttlers at next
year’s South Asian Games in Sri Lanka," he concluded.
Results: (Finals only)
Under 11- Boys- Viduka Oshan (Dharmasoka) bt
Y. Athugoda (Royal) 15-4, 15-7
Girls- Kavindi Ishadika (Lindsay) bt Puneesha
Pasqual (Musaeus) 11-4, 11-4
Under 13- Boys- Thanura Dhakshitha (Dharmasoka)
bt M.A.S. Sandaruwan (President’s Maharagama) 15-7, 15-4
Girls- Lekha Shehani (OLVC Moratuwa) bt L.
Shehara (Dharmasoka ) 15-9. 4-15, 15-8
Under 15 – Boys- N. Hettiarachchi (Ananda)
bt Lakshitha Madiranga (Dharmasoka) 15-9, 4-15, 15-8
Girls- Nayomi Karunaratne (Visakha) bt Harini
Perera (Anula BMV, Nugegoda) 2-11, 11-4, 11-0
Under 17- Boys- R.S. Dahanayake (Dharmaraja)
bt Nayaktha Wijesekera (Ananda) 15-8, 9-15, 15-12
Girls- Gayani Perera (Anula BMV) bt Subodha
Dhahanayake (Musaeus) 11-6, 11-7
Under 19- Boys- Dinuka Karunaratne (Royal)
bt Eranga Rajapakshe (S. Thomas’) 15-10, 15-6
Girls- Solochana Ariyadasa (Visakha) bt Lakshi
de Silva (Dharmasoka) 11-5, 11-1
Under 13- Boys- Sevan Serasinghe / Tharanga
Dhakshitha (Dharmasoka) bt R. Perera / P. Weerasuriya
Girls- Achini Ratnasiri / U.S Samanthi(Lindsay)
bt L. Sehara (Dharmasoka) / L. Sehani (OLV)15-13
Under 15- Boys- Nuwan Hettiarachchi(Ananda)
/ Menaka Wijeratne(Richmond) bt Lakshitha Maduranga(Dharmasoka)
/ Dilshan Kariyawasam(Ananda) 15-7, 15-4
Girls- Chemaka Madurawala / Akila Jayawardena (Musaeus)
bt Nayomi Karunarantne (Visakha) / Prabasvari Pushpachaya (Dharmasoka)
Under 17- Boys- I.N Nimalachanda / C.
Manawadu (Royal) bt I. Maduranga / Sehan Madusanka (Dharmasoka)
15-2, 11-15, 15-4
Girls- Gayani Perera / Bimalka Wimalsinghe (Anula
BMV) bt Posya Dharmapala (Lindsay) / Manosha Chandrasena 15-6,
Under 19- Boys- Dinuka Karunaratne (Royal)/
K.G.K Jayawardena (Dharmaraja) bt Eranga Fernando (Maliaydeva)/
Lasitha Menaka(Roayal) 15-10, 10-15, 15-9
Girls- Sulochana Ariyadasa (Visakha) Prathibani Bambarandage
(Devi BMV) bt Ravihari de Silva / Uprana Katuwawala (Anula BMV)