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 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 15 she was the youngest competitor in the Sri Lanka camp at the 29th Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi.
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)
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.
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.