Rs 580m Bernard Aluwi­hare Sports Com­plex nears com­ple­tion

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

Con­struc­tion work on the pro­posed 'Bernard Aluwi­hare Sports Com­plex' in Matale, at an es­ti­mated cost of Rs 580 mil­lion, is in progress, and is ex­pected to be com­pleted by year end. Un­der this project, the ex­ist­ing Bernard Aluwi­hare Stadium will be de­vel­oped and up­graded to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and, once com­pleted, it will have a 400-me­tre syn­thetic Track, a new Pav­il­ion with mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties, a 25- me­tre- long Swim­ming Pool and an In­door Stadium for Bad­minton, Ta­ble Ten­nis,Vol­ley­ball, Karate, Net­ball, Bas­ket­ball etc. State Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Matale MP Vas­an­tha Aluwi­hare, while play­ing a ma­jor role in this project as an ob­server, has also in­ter­vened to ex­pe­dite com­plet­ing the project as sched­uled. Mr Aluwi­hare, be­ing a sports en­thu­si­ast- rep­re­sented his alma mater Trin­ity Col­lege, Kandy, in Ath­let­ics, Football Cricket) stat- ed he was grate­ful to Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena, Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe and Sports Min­is­ter Dayasiri Jayasekara for their bless­ings, ad­vice and guid­ance, and also for pro­vid­ing funds for the un­in­ter­rupted con­struc­tion work.

He also said how he was able to con­vince the Prime Min­is­ter of the im­por­tance of a syn­thetic Track ( the first of its kind out­side Colombo) in Matale and get his ap­proval to re­lease Rs 320 mil­lion from a spe­cial vote, for its con­struc­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Aluwi­hare, this Sports Com­plex with its mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties will en­able District sports­men and women to en­deav­our with more en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional achieve­ments.

Ath­let­ics, Football and Rugby are the only sports that will be al­lowed to be staged here.

Mean­while, MP Aluwi­hare was elected Pres­i­dent of the newly formed Matale District Sports De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (MDSDC), at its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing held at the Min­is­ter's of­fice in Matale.

The new coun­cil, a brain­child of the min­is­ter, was formed by a few en­thu­si­as­tic and in­ter­ested vet­eran sports per­son­al­i­ties from Matale, who are icons in var­i­ous sports.

MDSDC, un­der the lead­er­ship of the new pres­i­dent, has drawn up plans to im­ple­ment sev­eral pro­grammes to de­velop and up­lift sports in Matale.

Un­der this pro­grammes, new sports will be in­tro­duced, in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing sports events. Work­shops, Train­ing Pro­grammes, Coach­ing Camps, School and Club tour­na­ments will be con­ducted an­nu­ally.

Of­fice-bear­ers:

Pres­i­dent: Vas­an­tha Aluwi­hare Vice Pres­i­dents: Ruwan Pal­liyaguru, P. Va­sude­van, Jayan­tha Wi­cra­manayake, Las­an­tha Bala­suriya, Thi­lak Wi­malas­inghe Con­vener: Ran­jith Aluwi­hare Sec­re­tary: Eric Hu­langa­muwa Asst. Sec­re­tary: Vi­dan­tha

At­tanayake Trea­surer: Mahinda Amunugama Asst. Trea­surer: Janaka

Aluwi­hare Ad­vi­sory Board: District Sec­re­tary, District Sports Of­fi­cer, Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion (Sports),Matale, and Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Matale.

Min­is­ter check­ing the pro­posed plan

State Min­is­ter Vas­an­tha Aluwi­hare in­spect­ing the progress of the project

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