Two Visakhi­ans head Sri Lanka Youth Net­ball team

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY SUSIL PREMALAL

The Min­is­ter of Sports has given permission to the Sri Lanka Youth Net­ball team to par­tic­i­pate in the 11th Asian Youth Net­ball Cham­pi­onships to be held in Kashima, Japan from June 30 to July 6.

Twelve play­ers and three stand­bys have got the ap­proval for the tour. The team cap­tain is Tharuhi Du­langi Il­lan­garatne and the vice-cap­tain is Me­lani Ama Wi­jesinghe. Both are Visakhi­ans. The team will leave the coun­try on June 26.

In the his­tory of the Asian Youth Net­ball Cham­pi­onships Sri Lanka has won the ti­tle on three oc­ca­sions – 1998, 2002 and 2015.

The last edi­tion took place in 2017 in South Korea where Sri Lanka sank to fourth place with Sin­ga­pore emerg­ing cham­pi­ons, run­ners-up Malaysia and third place go­ing to Hong Kong.

There are two chal­lenges this year. One is to be cham­pi­ons from fourth place and the other is to qual­ify for the 2021 World Cham­pi­onships in Fiji.

“Al­ready two play­ers are down with chicken-pox in the team. As a re­sult training has been stopped. They hope to re­sume training from next Monday (June 10) and will train for two weeks with­out a break. They are training at the Ban­daragama In­door Sta­dium,” said Malindu Ku­mara Ga­m­age, the Youth Coach.

Malindu Ku­mara Ga­m­age got the chance to train the Youth Net­ball pool on April 2 and due to the April 21 dis­as­ter training was stopped. Win­ning the Asian Cham­pi­onships is dif­fi­cult this time.

The Sri Lanka Youth Team: Ganya Natali Senanayake (Ladies Col­lege Colombo), Kavindi Randima Per­era (Pres­by­te­rian Col­lege De­hi­wela), Tharushi Du­langi Il­lan­garatne (Visakha Vidyalaya Colombo), Me­lani Ama Wi­jesinghe (Visakha Vidyalaya), Thilini Dinithri (Sey­lan Bank), Imasha Sankalpani Per­era (SL Navy), Anisha Dul­shani Per­era (Gate­way Col­lege), Vish­mikha Nuwangi Rat­nayake (Gate­way), Navodya Aluwi­hare (Hill­wood Col­lege Kandy), De­vuna San­dini Silva (Ka­lu­tara Ba­lika), Uth­pala San­jini Rat­nayake (HFC Ku­rune­gala) and Di­lani Per­era (Visakha Vidyalaya). Stand-byes–natasha Aluwi­hare (Visakha Vidyalaya), An­ge­lika Tillek­er­atne (C). Kaushi De Per­era (Pres­by­te­rian Col­lege, De­hi­wela, Malindu Ku­mari Ga­m­age (Coach),va­jira Push­paku­mari (Man­ager).

Twelve play­ers and three stand­bys have got the ap­proval for the tour. The team cap­tain is Tharuhi Du­langi Il­lan­garatne and the vice-cap­tain is Me­lani Ama Wi­jesinghe. Both are Visakhi­ans. The team will leave the coun­try on June 26

(File Photo)

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