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“Play and Stay” a boost to Tennis in Jaffna

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alt(Colombo Lankapuvath) Sri Lanka Tennis plans to re-commence the Junior Tennis Programme in Jaffna which had to be abandoned due to the war situation which prevailed in the country during the time.

The programme first commenced in the year 2001, together with the support of Rev. Farther Jero Selvnayagam who is the present Principal of St. Patricks College, Jaffna, who was appointed the coordinator of the programme.

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“Play and Stay” a boost to Tennis in Jaffna

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alt(Colombo Lankapuvath) Sri Lanka Tennis plans to re-commence the Junior Tennis Programme in Jaffna which had to be abandoned due to the war situation which prevailed in the country during the time.

The programme first commenced in the year 2001, together with the support of Rev. Farther Jero Selvnayagam who is the present Principal of St. Patricks College, Jaffna, who was appointed the coordinator of the programme.

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“Hammer Throw” debutant at Asia’s oldest athletic champs

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(Colombo Lankapuvath) Hammer Throw event will be introduced for the first time at altthe 88th National Championships which is scheduled to kick off on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August.

Both, Men and Women’s Hammer throw will be held said President of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka Major General Palitha Fernando addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday (03).

The National Championships is considered as one of the oldest Athletic events in the Asian Sports Calendar.

The other specialty of this year’s event is the participation of a 6 member Malaysian team and according to available information there are 02 qualified 400m athletes with the Malaysian team.

Over 700 Sri Lankan Athletes are expected to take part in the championships. Three Sri Lankan Athletes namely Chaminda, Manjula Kumara and Amali have been receiving training overseas.

The President of the Association noted that the complete national squad will be selected after the conclusion of the event. This squad will be the probable contingent taking part in the next SAAF games.

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“It’s not my passion to manage a football team”- Beckham

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(Colombo Lankapuvath) Football star David Beckham, who missed this year’s FIFA World Cup because of an Achilles injury, told media that England coach Fabio Capello cannot be blamed for the team’s dismal performance in this year’s World Cup, insisting that the players themselves are responsible.

“The manager can do so much and then it’s down to the players” said Beckham in a web interview with Yahoo Sports, saying that the players themselves know that they did not perform up to their expectations.

Beckham was seen in official attire seated among the managing staff in all of England’s games, sparking rumours that he would take over as coach of the team after he retires. But these rumours were denied by the former Manchester United player, saying that he is not interested in coaching.

“It’s not a passion of mine to be a manager of a football team” he said, going on to say that people had assumed he would go on to manage after seeing him in “the suit” during the World Cup.

Beckham went on to say that he would love to be a part of the England team in the 2012 Olympics football team if he’s still considered to make a difference by then. If not, he said he’d still like to be with the team.

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"psychic" parrot predicts World cup winner

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(Colombo Lankapuvath) A "psychic" bird in Singapore holds the answer whether Spain or Holland (Netherland) will go home with the World Cup, his owner M. Muniyappan claims.

Mani, a 13-year-old parakeet predicts the outcome of the final by choosing between two cards hiding the rivals’ flags on the backside.

Contrary to its German counterpart, octopus Paul, Mani predicts Holland will win its first World Cup championship on Sunday. It grabbed a card in his beak on Friday and flipped it over to reveal the Dutch flag.

Mr  Muniyappan, an 80-year-old fortune-teller, says the bird has accurately forecast the World Cup’s four quarterfinal games and Spain’s semi-final victory over Germany. "He’s a special bird," Muniyappan said.

He said Mani has helped him predict the future for five years at a table in front of a restaurant on Singapore’s Little India neighbourhood, but this year’s World Cup is the first time the parakeet has attempted to forecast the outcome of sports competitions.

"People usually want help picking the lottery numbers, or when to get married," said Muniyappan, who was born in India and moved to Singapore in 1953.
 
"Then gamblers started asking about the World Cup."
Muniyappan said about 30 people a day now pay for his psychic powers, up from about 10 a day before Mani shot to fame.

 

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