Showing posts with label SPORTS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SPORTS. Show all posts

13 August 2022

Arjuna Ranatunga appointed chairman of National Sports Council.

Former Sri Lanka cricket captain and former MP Arjuna Ranatunga has been appointed as the chairperson of the 15-member National Sports Council to advise the sports minister on subject-related policy matters.

The letters of appointment of the council members were handed over by Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe today (Aug 10).

The members of the council are as follows:

1. Former MP Arjuna Ranatunga (Chairman)

2. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Vikum Liyanage 

3. Air Force Commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana

4. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenna

5. Sports Director-General Amal Edirisooriya

6. Dr. Maiya Gunasekera

7. Major General Rajitha Ampemohotti

8. Former Sri Lankan hurdler Sriyani Kulawansa

9. Attorney-at-Law Ajith Pathirana

10. Sunil Jayaweera

11. Chrysantha Mendis

12. Lasitha Gunaratne

13. Nalinda Ilangakoon

14. Sudath Chandrasekara

15. Sujani Bogollagama (Secretary)

The council was previously headed by former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardena, however, its members resigned after former Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa stepped down from his ministerial portfolio amidst the country’s political and economic crisis.

The council previously consisted of 14 members.


"Games Wide Open" unveiled as Paris 2024 official slogan.

With two years to go from the opening ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, organizers recently revealed "Ouvrons Grand Les Jeux", meaning "Games Wide Open", as the shared slogan for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Paris will host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2024, which also marks the centenary of the last Paris Games in 1924. The French capital was also the host city of the second edition of the modern Olympic Games, in 1900.

The Games is scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11 and athletes will compete in a total of 32 sports encompassing 329 events, and among these sports, breaking will make its Olympic debut.



10 August 2022

Nethmi Ahinsa becomes youngest medallist at Commonwealth Games.

Eighteen-year-old Nethmi Ahinsa from little known Indiminna, Pannala became Sri Lanka’s youngest medallist at the Commonwealth Games as she beat Australia’s Irene Symeonidis in the 57kg weight class to win a bronze medal in wrestling in Birmingham on Friday.  She also became the country’s first medallist in the not so popular sport as she beat her Australian counterpart 10-0 in the freestyle event in the bronze medal fight.

She had to settle for the bronze medal after being eliminated by Indian Anshu Malik in the semi-final bought.   The wrestler from Welpalla Maha Vidyalaya advanced to the semi-final with a 10-0 victory over 34 year-old Cameroon athlete Joseph Emilienne Essombe Tiako. She hails from a family of four children.

Following her victory, she thanked her parents for allowing her to engage in the sport and expressed her gratitude to T.S. Suranga Kumara who not only trained her but also looked after her providing nutrition and other needs.

She said that there had been so many stories and even films on how coaches go out of their way to help their athletes achieve success but her coach was a living example of such a story.



05 August 2022

Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon wins 100m bronze at CWG 2022.

Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon won the bronze medal in the final of the men’s 100 meters event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala claimed the gold in 10.02 seconds, defending champ Akani Simbine from South Africa was second in 10.13 and Yupun Abeykoon took the bronze in 10.14 seconds.

He becomes the first Sri Lankan athlete to win bronze medal in the 100 meters event at the Commonwealth Games and wins Sri Lanka’s first major athletic medal in 24 years.  

The men’s 100m race at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was held on the new spick and span athletics track at the Alexander Stadium in front of a packed-out crowd who roared on the finalists in the penultimate event on Wednesday (3 August) with Omanyala winning in a time of 10.02s.

Second was Gold Coast 2018 champion Akani Simbine of South Africa and rounding out the podium, a sensational bronze for Sri Lanka’s Yupun Abeykoon.

Omanyala, the eighth-fastest man of all time over the distance clocked 10.02 to win relatively comfortably ahead of continental rival Akani Simbine of South Africa.

Abeykoon finished a hundredth of a second behind Simbine to take bronze in a hotly contested finish.

The 27-year-old sprinter had qualified for the final of the men’s 100 meters after clocking a time of 10.20 seconds in the third semi-final held at 11.40pm Sri Lankan time on Wednesday (03), in which he placed fourth.The final was held at 2.00 am Sri Lankan time on 04 August.

On Tuesday (02), Abeykoon had placed first in the Heat No. 06 of the first round of the 100 meters men’s event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The Sri Lankan sprinter ran a time of 10.06 seconds to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 100 meters race.

In the process he managed to finish with an all-time fastest timing in the Commonwealth Games history for 100m Heats. The previous fastest time in heats was by Glenroy Gilbert of Canada who did it in 10.10 seconds in the 1994 Victoria Games.


England’s Leicester Cricket Ground named after Sunil Gavaskar.

Leicester cricket ground to be named after Sunil Gavaskar. On July 23 Saturday, Leicester will honor legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar. The legendary Indian Batsman Sunil Gavaskar is one of the greatest players of all time. He is one of the greatest in test format, he broke and made many records during his career. The batsman is set to add another feather to his hat with England ground to be named after him. He is set to become the first Indian player to have a cricket ground with his name. England’s Leicester Cricket Ground is all set to be named after Sunil Gavaskar. Leicester Cricket will honor the former Indian skipper for his contribution to test cricket. 

Sunil Gavaskar was the highest red ball cricket run scorer at his time. He is also the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in test cricket.

There has been a ground already named after Sunil Gavaskar in the Kentucky area of the United States of America (USA) and there is another ground going through its finishing touches in the Zanzibar area of the African nation Tanzania which is also named after the former Indian opener.



28 July 2022

Swiss Open 2022

Norway’s Casper Ruud has won the Swiss Open Tennis Tournament 2022 held in Gstaad, Switzerland. He defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final by 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2. It was Ruud’s 9th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title. The Swiss Open is Ruud’s 3rd title in 2022, the other two titles are Buenos Aires and Geneva Open. Ruud had also won the 2021 Swiss Open title.

Ruud snaps the 12-match unbeaten streak of Berrettini, who lifted trophies in Stuttgart and London earlier this year. It was Casper Ruud 9th ATP Title. Earlier this year, Ruud finished as the runner-up at the French Open, losing to Spanish ace Rafael Nadal.



27 July 2022

India to host ICC 2025 Women's World Cup.

International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that India will host the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup 2025. BCCI will leave no stone unturned to make it a memorable event for everyone concerned. The infrastructure is in place and will have a very successful edition of the World Cup. The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Clare Connor, Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt.

The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management. India, Bangladesh, England and Sri Lanka were named as the four hosts for ICC women’s white-ball events from 2024-27.



Tamim Iqbal announces retirement from T20Is.

Bangladesh ODI captain, Tamim Iqbal has announced his retirement from T20Is and his decision came shortly after his side defeated West Indies 3-0 in the three-match ODI series. He played his last T20 International in March 2020. The 33-year-old has played 78 T20 Internationals, scoring 1758 runs at 24.08. Tamim is one of the best openers to have come out of Bangladesh, having scored 5082 runs in Tests and 7943 runs in ODIs.

Tamim is the only Bangladesh batter to score a century in T20Is. He achieved the remarkable feat against Oman in the T20 World Cup 2016 in India. He ended his T20I career as the third-highest run-scorer for his country in the format after current skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Test captain Shakib Al Hasan.



26 July 2022

2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games.

The 2028 Olympic Games is less than six years away. The next summer Olympics are set to take place from July 14 to July 30 in Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the news was announced on Monday at a press conference attended by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.

The Los Angeles Olympic Games — the first Olympics held in the United States since 2002, and the first Summer games held in the states since 1996 — will begin with an opening ceremony on July 14 co-hosted at both the Coliseum and the newly opened SoFi Stadium. The games will take place in various venues throughout Southern California for the remainder of the month.

Los Angeles has a long history with the Olympics, having first hosted the Summer Games in 1932 before hosting the event again in 1984. The plans for the games to return to the city were finalized in 2017, after the city engaged in a long bidding war with Paris to host the 2024 Olympics. At the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru, it was decided that Paris will host the 2024 Olympics while Los Angeles would host the 2028 games. Los Angeles will become the third city to host the games three times, after Paris and London. It will also be the fifth Summer Games and ninth overall Olympics to be hosted in the United States.

The games are set to be broadcast in the United States by NBCUniversal, as part of the company’s long-term deal with the IOC, which is set to extend until 2032.

In addition, the official Paralympics Games will begin Aug. 15.



Postponed 19th Edition of Asian Games 2022 scheduled for 2023.

The Asian Games 2022, originally scheduled for September this year, will now be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced.

The Asian Games were postponed in May due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in and around the host city of Hangzhou in China. The quadrennial event was scheduled to be held from September 10 to 25, 2022.

After announcing the postponement of the Asian Games on May 6, the OCA formed a task force to come up with new dates which did not conflict with other major international sporting events next year.

The task force held discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC) and also the other stakeholders and recommended the September-October 2023 window. 

The Asian Games, in its 19th edition, will be held in China for the third time. Chinese capital Beijing hosted the Games in 1990 while Guangzhou hosted the prestigious event in 2010. 



21 July 2022

Former West Indies captain Ramdin retires from international cricket.

Former West Indies captain, the wicketkeeper-batter Denesh Ramdin, has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

He will, however, continue to play franchise cricket, Ramdin said. He hasn't found a team at the upcoming edition of the CPL, though, despite having represented Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders from 2013 to 2021. He has also played for Multan Sultans at the PSL, in 2017 and 2018.

Ramdin, who played 74 Tests, 139 ODIs and 71 T20Is, started out in Test cricket, making his debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July 2005. His ODI debut, against India, followed later on the tour in a tri-series involving the three teams.

He played a part in West Indies' T20 World Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2016. In the first, he hardly got a chance to bat in seven matches, but effected six dismissals behind the stumps. In the second, he was unimpressive in front of the wickets, with 36 runs in four innings - in six games - at a strike rate 69.23, and had three dismissals behind the stumps.

More recently, Ramdin fell off the radar of the national selectors. His last Test and ODI appearances were back in 2016.



04 July 2022

Bumrah breaks Lara’s world record.

Bumrah breaks Lara’s world record, smashes most runs in a single Test over against Broad.

Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah created a new world record by smashing 29 runs off an over from Stuart Broad who conceded the most expensive over in Test cricket history by conceding 35 runs in the over. After centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant, India crossed the 400-run mark.

By conceding 35 runs in an over, Broad now holds the record for conceding the most number of runs in an over in Test cricket history. The veteran England pacer is also the joint-holder of the same record in T20I cricket alongside Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya. Broad had conceded 36 runs in the 2007 T20 World Cup against India when Yuvraj Singh smashed him for six sixes in an over. Most runs off an over in Test cricket:

  • 29 - Bumrah off Broad Birmingham 2022
  • 28 - Lara off Peterson Johannesburg 2003
  • 28 - Bailey off Anderson Perth 2013
  • 28 - Maharaj off Root Port Elizabeth 2020


Samitha Dulan sets up new Javelin throw World Record.

Samitha Dulan the Paralympic bronze medal winner once again came to the highlight yesterday when he set up a new world record in F- 44 Javelin throw event with 66.60m at the National Para Athletic championship which concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.

Samitha Dulan Kodituwakku from Sri Lanka Army hails from Deniyaya won the bronze medal at the last Tokyo Paralympics with a distance of 65.61m while he was able to improve his distance at the National Championship while erasing the previous record of this event held by Australian Micheal Burian with a distance of 66.29m.

National Paralympic Committee (NPC) headed by Lt Colonal Deepal Herath said NPC made a great effort to make this National Paralympic Athletic championship a success which gave good opportunity for the para athletes to show their skills focused on future international events such as Asian Para Games and World Para Athletic Championship.

Meanwhile Paralympic Javelin throw gold gold medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath (67.79m ) in F- 46 event did not take part this meet yesterday due to injury. The several new National records were established by Para athletes during this two day event which sponsored by Dialog Axiata and MAS Holdings.



03 July 2022

Yupun becomes first South Asian to finish 100m in less than 10 seconds.

Sri Lanka sprinter Yupun Abeykoon won the Men’s 100m event at the Resisprint International 2022 in Switzerland today (July 03), finishing the race in just 9.96 seconds.

He became the first South Asian to register a time below 10 seconds in the 100m race. Abeykoon also recorded the third-fastest time by an Asian.

He renewed the national and South Asian record for the event of 10.6 seconds set in late May.

Earlier in the day, Abeykoon finished first in his heat with a time of 10.1 seconds to advance to the final.

Abeykoon is set to compete in the Men’s 100m at the World Athletic Championships scheduled to kick off on July 15 in Oregon in the United States, followed by the Commonwealth Games.


Novak Djokovic becomes 1st player to win 80 matches in all four Grand Slams.

Novak Djokovic became the first player in history to win 80 matches in all four Grand Slams when he defeated Kwon Soon-woo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court his 80th win in Wimbledon. By virtue of his victory, the former world no.1 tennis players has created history winning his 80th match at the Wimbledon. The six-time champion has became the first male player in the Open Era to win 80 or more match at all four grand slams.

Number of matches won by Novak Djokovic at each Grand Slam:

  • Roland Garros – 85
  • Australian Open -82
  • US Open – 81
  • Wimbledon -80

The Serbian could become the joint-second most succesful male singles player at the world’s oldest grand slam as a seventh title will take him level with Pete Sampras’ tally and put him just one title behind Roger Federer.



Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record in the 400-metre hurdles.

Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record in the 400-metre hurdles at the U.S. outdoor track and field championships Saturday.

McLaughlin flashed a broad smile when her time was announced, then gave a thumbs-up. She crossed the finish line at Hayward Field in 51.41 seconds, breaking her own record of 51.46 set last year at the Tokyo Games, where she won the gold medal.



29 June 2022

Eoin Morgan announces retirement from international cricket.

Eoin Morgan, England men's limited-overs captain, has confirmed his retirement from international cricket. He steps down as England's leading run-scorer and most-capped player in both white-ball formats, and the only man to lead the team to an ODI World Cup success.

Morgan, 35, is England’s leading runscorer as well as the most successful captain in ODI cricket. Morgan has scored 6957 runs in 225 ODIs for England, with 13 centuries. Overall, Morgan has 7701 runs in ODI cricket, with 14 centuries. 

Morgan captained England in 126 matches, winning 76 – a win percentage of 65.25. His most memorable moment remains leading England to their maiden title at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on home soil. 

Morgan was also a highly successful T20I cricketer, scoring 2458 runs in 115 matches, with 14 half-centuries and striking at 136.18. 

He is the most successful T20I captain in international cricket, winning 42 of the 72 matches he has led his side. 

Announcing his retirement, Morgan said in a statement, “After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. 



IWF elects Mohammed Jalood as president.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) elects Mohammed Jalood president as historic electoral congress wraps up. After a few delays the IWF finally held their long-awaited elections over the weekend in Tirana, Albania.

Mohammed Jaloud of Iraq was elected the new IWF president, becoming the first Asian president in the IWF’s history.

Jaloud, one of 11 candidates for the presidency, was a weightlifter himself for 13 years, and also holds citizenship status in Kazakhstan. The former general secretary of the Asian Weightlifting Federation is looking forward to his new role.



23 June 2022

International Olympic Day - 23 June.

The International Olympic Day marks the inception of the modern Olympic Games in Greece on June 23, 1894.

Since 1948, the Olympic Day has been celebrated every year on June 23. The day marks the inception of the modern Olympic Games in Greece on June 23, 1894. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was officially formed on the same day.

This year, the theme for the International Olympic Day is “Together For A Peaceful World.” The theme represents the ability of sports to bring the world together and dimmish the differences.

At the 41st session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm, a member of the IOC named Doctor Gruss, submitted a report suggesting the celebration of Olympic Day. The idea propagating the event was to increase awareness and participation in the international games.

Submitted in 1947, the report was discussed and the suggestions were finally implemented in 1948 at the 42nd IOC session in St Moritz. The day was decided as June 23 to commemorate the founding of the International Olympic Committee at Sorbonne, Paris in 1894.

Under the leadership of Sigfrid Edstrom, who was the president of the IOC at that time, the first International Olympic Day was celebrated on June 23, 1948.



22 June 2022

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins Canadian Grand Prix - 2022.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen narrowly claimed his sixth victory of the Formula 1 season after withstanding pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix. For the second time this season, Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was forced to retire from the race due to engine problems, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton grabbed his second podium this campaign in third.

Hamilton’s teammate George Russell kept up his own personal streak of finishing in the top five of every race so far this season by claiming P4, while Charles Leclerc put together a strong performance to come home in P5 despite starting from the back of the grid.





Blog Archive