Kavindi a rising table tennis star

posted Feb 15, 2011, 11:17 AM by Azmi Abdul Jabbar   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 11:18 AM ]

The Nation - By V. Harishchandra, Kurunegala sports correspondent

Junior national poolist Kavindi Sahabandu of Holy Family Balika MV, Kurunegala is a table tennis star in the making. She began her career at the age of nine in 2004 and Kavindi was ranked No. 3 in the all-island under-9 age group that year. She was also awarded school colours and was selected to play for Sri Lanka at the Taiyuan International junior table tennis open championship held in China in 2006. 
Kavindi was adjudged the most outstanding women’s table tennis player at the North Western Province table tennis tournament held at Kurunegala in 2008. She ended as runner-up in the under-15 girls’ singles event in the Colombo District tournament in 2009 and she was selected for the junior national pool in 2009 after performing well at the Chrys Gunaratne Memorial tournament.

Kavindi was chosen to play in the inaugural Asian Youth Games held in Singapore last year and she won two silver medals in the under-15 and under-18 girls’ singles events at the South Asian junior table tennis tournament in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Both tournaments were held in India. With that win she qualified to participate in the Asian Table Tennis Championship held in Thailand this year 
At the 13th annual Western Province Open table tennis championship Kavindi bagged four singles titles namely under-15, under-18, under-21 and open women’s event and was adjudged most outstanding player of the tournament. She also helped North Western Province to clinch the gold medal at the 36th National Sports Festival held in Kandy.

At 15 she was the youngest competitor in the Sri Lanka camp at the 29th Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi. 
Kavindi was adjudged best sportswoman of the year in the colours night of her school and awarded the super gold crest award for the first time in the school’s history. 
She was trained by well-known table tennis star Chaminda Rodrigo from her early years and currently is ranked fourth in the Open women’s category in the national rankings. She owes much of her success to her parents, teachers and especially to her school principal Rev Sister Sriyani Rodrigo.

Kavindi Sahabandu 'Best Sportswoman'

posted Feb 15, 2011, 11:11 AM by Azmi Abdul Jabbar   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 11:14 AM ]

Daily News - 02.12.2010


The '2010 Colours Nite' of St Paul's Girls School was held on November 26, 2010 at the College Hall.

The Chief Guest was the Deputy Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral and Chief of Staff D W A S Dassanayake.

It was a colourful event thanks to the efforts of the Principal of the school, Rev Sister Sriyani Rodrigo and was commended by the Chief Guest.

Sports girls numbering 130 were awarded certificates and the Netball and Table Tennis players were selected the best as they were National and International players. 48 players who won the 'MILO' all Island Netabll championship for 3 years at a stretch were awarded the 'Gold Star' medals and a special award was given to Dulangi Wannithilake who became the Best Netball player at the 36th National Sports Festival. Kavindi Rukmalie Sahabandu 15 years became "The Best Sports Woman of the year 2010" and was awarded the "Super Gold Crest" medal for the first time.

Being a National and International Table Tennis player presently she has been graded in the under 15, under 18 and open ladies 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. She represented Sri Lanka at the 1st Youth Asian Games held at Singapore in the year 2009.

She was awarded the 'Silver Medal' (under 15) for Table Tennis at the South Asian Games held in India in 2009 and the Silver Medal (under 18) at the South Asian Table Tennis Games again in India in the year 2010 and was also selected for the Asian Games to be held in Thailand. She became the Best Table Tennis player when she was a member of the team of the Western Province which was awarded a 'Gold Medal'.

Nittaku extends sponsorship of TT champ Chalitha

posted Feb 15, 2011, 10:49 AM by Azmi Abdul Jabbar   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 10:59 AM ]

The Island -  07.12.2010

Table tennis champion K.S.T. Chalitha Ranjana is elated that his sponsor, Nittaku, a company specialising in table tennis sports goods, has extended its sponsorship with him for the year 2011.

Nittaku has sponsored Chalitha for the past 10 years. However, the champion player experienced a lean patch this year due to a wrist injury, which forced him to skip a good number of tournaments.

It’s heartening to see his sponsor having faith in him and extending the sponsorship. A release from Chalitha states that Nittaku considered the high standard and the consistency he maintained as a player, before extending the sponsorship.

Chalitha told ‘The Island’ that he was hard at training for the upcoming national championships which have been scheduled for January 2011.

The sponsorship documents for 2011 were handed over to Chalitha by Eshantha Ariyadasa, Chairman Sputnik International, the local agent for Nittaku. (RN)

Ex-champ beaten by Jagath Rajapakse

posted Feb 15, 2011, 10:42 AM by Azmi Abdul Jabbar   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 10:45 AM ]

Daily Mirror - 16.11.2010

Jagath Rajapakse created a major upset by defeating three times former National champion and veteran number one player Lalith Priyantha in a thrilling five setter in the semi-finals of the over 40 men’s singles event.

This match kept the spectators spellbound at the Veterans All Island Age Group knock-out TT tournament conducted by the Veterans Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka (VTTASL) at the Race Course Hall tables on Sunday.

More than 50 past paddlers participated with enthusiasm.

Jagath Rajapakse, Lalith Priyantha, Dietmar Doering and Nilmini Swarnakanthi won a double each.

Results: Men’s singles (over-60):

M.M.M. Laffeer beat Dr. G.N. Lucas 3/1. Men’s singles (50-59) ,Dietmar Doering beat Rajiva Wijetunge 3/0. Men’s (40-49): Jagath Rajapakse beat D.M. Bandula 3/0.

Women’s (50-59): Daya Peiris beat Amara Chandratillake 3/2. Women’s (40-49): Nilmini Swarnakanthi beat Pushpa Colombathanthri 3/0.

Men’s doubles (40-49): Lalith Priyantha and Jagath Rajapakse beat Priyantha Perera and Major Heshan Bulanawewa 3/0.

Men’s doubles (over 50): Dietmar Doering and Rajiva Wijetunge beat Dr. G.N. Lucas and Sarath Wijesuriya 3/2. Women’s doubles (over 40): Nilmini Swarnakanthi and Amara Chandratilake beat Daya Peiris and Ira Ruwanpathirana 3/1.

Mixed doubles (over 40): Lalith Priyantha and Ira Ruwanpathirana beat Dietmar Doering and Dr. Sriyani Mihindukulasuriya 3/0.


Hendahewa to lead Lanka TT team

posted Feb 15, 2011, 10:37 AM by Azmi Abdul Jabbar   [ updated Feb 15, 2011, 10:39 AM ]

Sunday Times - 17.10.2010

Sri Lanka will be taking part in the Fiji International Junior Table Tennis Championships to be held in Tehran, Iran from October 25 to 29. The Junior team will be led by Kalaneka Hendahewa of Royal College. Udaya Ranasinghe (Vidyartha), Supun Sirisena (Maliyadeva) and Prabodhana Rodrigo (St. Anthony’s Katugastota) form the rest of the team.

Paris returnee Jagath Rajapakse will be the coach while Manzil Muthalib will be the Manager. A point of interest is that both manager and coach were members of the Sri Lanka team that participated in the Asian Championships in 1987.

According to manager Muthalib, the team has had rigorous practice sessions at the Anthonian Gymnasium and should be among the medals. The four players are the best in Sri Lanka in their age group and hold out a lot of hope. This is also coach Rajapakse’s initial outing with the team.
Incidentally, Rajapakse is also busy putting up a big gymnasium in Gampola with the intention of uplifting Table Tennis standards in the country . – A.K.

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