Back­bone of the Na­tional Con­trol­ling Body

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - COMMENT - By Lak­sh­man Ranas­inghe

Eric Motha, a founder-mem­ber of the Mer­can­tile Ta­ble Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion ( MTTA), on its Di­a­mond Ju­bilee, had writ­ten to the Sun­day Times on its progress and the of­fice bear­ers who ren­dered yeo­man ser­vice to the up­lift of the MTTA.

Ac­cord­ing to Motha, the odyssey of the MTTA com­menced in 1957, with the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing, held at the Board Room of Richard Peiris & Co. Ltd.. It was Chaired by Robin L. Rut­nam with 14 rep­re­sen­tat ives of lead­ing Mer­can­tile es­tab­lish­ments in at­ten­dance. Motha states it is his priv­i­lege to write as a founder-mem­ber, to her­ald the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee of the MTTA, ef­fi­ciently steered by ded­i­cated per­sons who car­ried on the legacy, up­hold­ing the man­tle of the MTTA for over 6 decades. He ren­ders high trib­ute to the MTTA's Pa­trons and Vice Pa­trons whose good­will and gen­eros­ity was gen­er­ously be­stowed upon the MTTA.

The MTTA has, since its in­cep­tion, con­ducted tour­na­ments with note­wor­thy in­crease in par­tic­i­pat­ing firms, such as the Mer­can­tile League and Knock Out Cham­pi­onships, Mer­can­tile and Open Cham­pi­onships and Veterans ( Over- 40) tour­na­ments. In­vi­ta­tion tour­na­ments have also been con­ducted in trib­ute to the fol­low­ing whose con­tri­bu­tion to the game in the Mer­can­tile Sec­tor de­serves spe­cial mention: C.M. Vasa, Chrys Gu­naratne and Ashok Mel­vani.

Motha, in his let­ter, men­tions names of ev­ery Sec­re­tary, Asst. Sec­re­tary, Trea­surer, Asst. Trea­surer and ev­ery mem­ber of the MTTA, whose dream was to en­sure the MTTA as a con­trol­ling body to oc­cupy the high­est po­si­tion in Sri Lanka’s sport­ing arena.

Ac­cord­ing to Motha, the high­est trib­ute to the MTTA was wit­nessed in 1983, when then Min­is­ter of Sport ap­pointed Chan­drakanth Vasa Pres­i­dent of the newly con­sti­tuted Board of Con­trol for TT in Sri Lanka, and Eric Motha and Lu­cian Alles as Sec­re­tary and Trea­surer re­spec­tively.

A com­plete list of Na­tional and Ranked play­ers, both Men and Women were given, and con­cludes it with a mes­sage of fe­lic­i­ta­tion to the Pres­i­dent and mem­bers of the MTTA, that he is con­fi­dent the saga will con­tinue and the MTTA's dom­i­nant po­si­tion will re­main within the realm of sports in the coun­try.

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