Niluka and Thilini win Badminton Nationals



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From left: Suraj Dandeniya, President, Sri Lanka Badminton Association, S.M. Faham, Assistant Marketing Manager, Fashion Bug, Ishan Gayasri Godamanna, Senior Marketing Executive, Fashion Bug, Brigadier Athula Galagamage, Sri Lanka Army and Men’s Champion Niluka Karunarathna.


From left: Suraj Dandeniya, President, Sri Lanka Badminton Association, S.M. Faham, Assistant Marketing Manager, Fashion Bug, Ishan Gayasri Godamanna, Senior Marketing Executive, Fashion Bug, Brigadier Athula Galagamage, Sri Lanka Army and Women’s Champion Thilini Hendahewa.


Sri Lanka Badminton Association’s annual flagship event, the National Badminton Championships was staged at the Jayathilaka Sports Complex in Nawalapitiya. This was the second consecutive year the event was staged out of its traditional location – Colombo.


The organizers of this event  had taken the initiative to enliven the contest by conducting the tournament on a grand scale. The new initiative also provided a novel experience to most of the players who competed in the national championships at an outstation location.


The main sponsors of the event consisted Yonex Sunrise Company ( Pvt) Ltd – Singapore, along with Sri Lankan sponsor Fashion Bug. In addition to cash sponsorships, Fashion Bug also gave away vouchers to the winners .


This year’s championship signified a landmark as the event drew the highest number of entries in its history.


The 62nd version of the competition turned another page in the game’s  history,  as Sri Lanka Badminton Association announced the highest amount of prize money would be presented, totaling Rs 1 million.


The  2014 championship had five main segments  namely  - Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Over 35, Over 40, Over 50 and Over 55.  


The event once again attracted the best players. Sri Lanka’s ace Men’s player  Niluka Karunaratne had based himself at Nawlapitya, eyeing to clinch the Men’s Singles title for the 14th  year. He did so in style. His feat will most probably be unchallenged. His three younger brothers Diluka, Chamika and Dinuka did play in a manner to enhance image of the Karunarathnes.


The youngest ever Womens’ National champion  19-year-old , Youth Olympic player  Thilini Hendahewa of Visaka Vidyalaya won the Women’s title.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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