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Cricket: Missing 200 'part of game', says Sangakkara

(afp) Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara left the ground fuming after being stranded on an unbeaten 199 during the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Saturday.

The left-hander missed out on his ninth double-century in Test cricket partly due to an error in the scoreboard on the ground which showed him on 194 when his score was actually on 193.



Sri Lanka beach volleyball teams eye Olympic qualification

(dn) Sri Lankan beach volleyball team left the Asian Beach Games Village last evening to participate in the London Olympics Qualifying tournament in Fuzhou, capital of the Fujian Province in China, where they will give their last shot at Olympic qualification. The more experienced duo, Mahesh Perera and Wasantha Rathnapala, who were placed 8th at the 2010 Asian Beach Games, will join the Sri Lanka team for the Olympic Qualifiers at Fuzhou.

The women's teams will be the same for Sri Lanka at the Olympic Qualifiers. Gnanasagari Gunasingha and Nirosha Lakmini will be the first team and the other team will comprise Thakshila Nilanjalee and Geethika Gunawardena. Sri Lanka men's team will go on with the best they got, including Pubudu Kumara and Nalin Peiris instead of Asanka Pradeep Kumara and Malintha Yapa who will return to Sri Lanka. Asked why the number-one beach volleyball duo in Sri Lanka, Asanka and Yapa not playing in the Olympic Qualifiers, Sri Lanka beach volleyball team manager Bandara Herath said that the reason was two teams’ Asian ranks. “It is true that they are on top when it comes to the Sri Lankan rankings. But Pubudu and Nalin are ahead of them when it comes to the Asian rankings,” added Bandara.



Defense Services spikers off to Germany

(dn) Sri Lanka Defense Services Volleyball Team left the island yesterday on a seven-day tour to Germany. The tour is organized under the Asian German Sports Exchange Programme (AGSEP) and the 12 member local team will battle it out against three second division German Club teams from today to May 10.

The first match will be against VC Dresden Club today and will be followed by the second match with TSN Zschopan Club tomorrow. Lankans will meet TKC Wrienzen team in the final match on May 10.

Speaking at a press breifing, the AGSEP Chairman/CEO Dr. D. Doering emphasized the programme's importance as an image promoting activity in Europe after the 30-year civil war. He pointed out similarities between the two countries as both have faced brutal wars in the history. The hosting city, Dresden was totally destroyed during the World War II and rebuilt later.

Doering commended the high standard of Sri Lankan volleyball and said that the tour will be a memorable experience for players of both countries. He thanked Sri Lankan authorities who supported to make this tour a reality within a very short period. He further said that AGSEP plans to organize over 20 tours in this year where schools and clubs too considered to be included.



Indian Army Volleyball team visits Sri Lanka

(cp) A 12-member volleyball team from the Indian Army, comprising one officer and eleven from other ranks, are visiting Sri Lanka from 25-29 April 2012, in connection with two friendly volleyball matches to be organized between the teams of the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army.

The first match is being held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on 26 April 2012 and the second one at Pelmadulla on 28 April 2012. This is the first time that volleyball matches are being organized between the teams of the Indian and the Sri Lankan Army, as part of the efforts on both sides to promote friendly exchanges, including in the field of sports.



Sri Lanka qualifies for Asia Pacific Beach Volleyball semis

(island) The Sri Lanka women’s beach volleyball team created history yesterday by qualifying for the semi-finals of the Asia Pacific Beach Volleyball Championship, at Songkhla in Thailand. The Sri Lankan duo of Takshila Neranjani and Geethika Gunawardene beat Hong Kong in the semi-finals, by two sets to nil.

Sri Lanka will take on China in the semi-final.

In the men’s section, Sri Lanka were beaten by Malaysia after a closely contested game. The scores were level in the first set at 16-16 before Malaysia went on to win 18-21 and in the second set, they won 21-19, after the scores were level at 19-19, at one stage.



Sri Lanka's disabled volleyball team felicitated

(dn) The Sri Lankan volleyball players who won the Bronze medal at the 2011 Disabled Volleyball World Cup in Phnom Penh, Cambodia were felicitated by the Dialog Axiata PLC, one of the main sponsors of the national disabled volleyball team at the Olympic House on Thursday.

The Sri Lankan team gained this achievement in the very first time they participated in the World Cup and was also recognized as the 'Best New Team' of the world. They competed with 16 other countries including Germany, Slovakia and Kazakhstan known as international giants of disabled volleyball. More significantly Sri Lanka was the only country to defeat the strong German team in an early clash who ultimately became the world champions.

Sri Lanka has never participated in a World Cup volleyball tournament before and this achievement will go in the annals of country's sports history as the highest international triumph in the national sport of Sri Lanka.



Volleyball pools gearing up for 16th Asian Men and Women’s C’ships

(dm) Men and women national volleyball pools are presently in training in preparation for the forthcoming Asian Volleyball Championships in two different venues in September.

The men’s championship will be held in Tehran, Iran from September 19 to 29 while the women’s championship will be held in Chinese Taipei from September 15 to 23.

The two pools are going through stringent residential training under the watchful eyes of their respective coaches and trainers.



South Asian Beach Games gets off the ground

(dn) The inaugural South Asian Beach Games 2011 is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in Hambantota. The arrangements are under way to conduct the events in August.

As a first step in organizing the Games two Working Committee and Organizing Committee and 10 sub Committees were given the task of planning the Games.

The events to be conducted during the games has yet to be finalized but the following disciplines beach volleyball, swimming, beach handball, beach kabaddi, netball, wind surfing, rugger, body building, football and cricket are listed for the games.



Hewa for Thailand

(dn) Sri Lanka’ international referee T.C. Hewa left the island yesterday to officiate at the 15th Asian Volleyball Championships to be held in Bangkok. Hewa a Sports Officer attached to the North Central Provincial Council is a qualified international referee who has done refereeing at many international tournaments in Maldives, India, Bahrain, Philippines and Iran.



Lankans lose to Kiwis, wins silver

(DN) Sri Lanka's Beach Volleyball team 'A' comprising of Wasantha Ratnapala and Mahesh Perera who faced tough opposition from the New Zealand pair went down in the final of the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships yesterday in Lipunshua, China. The game ended in favour of the Kiwis 2-0 (21-19, 21 -19).

They will now return to the island with silver medal which is also the first ever medal won by a volleyball team playing in any international championship.



Lankan Beach VB team enter semi-final

(DN) The Sri Lankan Beach Volleyball 'A' team which defeated one of the strong contenders for the championship Iran came up with another fine performance to enter the semi final of the Asian Beach Volleyball Championship now in progress in Lipunshua, China yesterday.

To reach this semifinal berth they beat another fancied team from Australia in a thrilling affair two sets to one (20-2, 21-17, 15-8).

The Lankans will now confront last year's runners-up Thailand in the semi-final. This is the first time that a Sri Lankan team entered a semi final of the Asian championship in a Beach volleyball Championship.



Beach Volleyballers for Asian Championship in China

(DN) Four Beach Volleyballers will leave the island on August 12 for Lipunshua, China to compete in the forthcoming Asian Beach Volleyball Championships.

The team will be led by Wasantha Ratnapala from Sri Lanka Navy. They will be accompanied by M. P. S. Alahakoon the manager and Prasanna Udaya Kumara the coach. 



8th Asian Youth Boys' & Girls’ Volleyball Championship in May

(OGNP) The 8th Asian Youth Boys' & Girls’ Volleyball Championship Tournament begins this month.

The boys tournament will be held from May 13 - May 21 in Tehran, Iran. Meanwhile, the 8th Asian Youth Girls' Volleyball Championship will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from May 20 - 28.

Sri Lanka Youth Boys' Volleyball team left to Tehran last night to take part in the tournament. Teams from around 11 countries are to participate in this event.

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Four Lankan spikers for Asian Beach Volleyball tourney, Thailand

(DN) Four Beach Volleyballers and two officials will leave the island today to participate at the Asian Beach Volleyball Tourney to be held in Thailand. Almost all the Beach Volleyball playing countries are participating in this tournament which will be held in three different parts of Thailand from April 09 to 17.

The players are Pubudu Ekanayake and Sampath Peiris from Sri Lanka Air Force and Wasantha Ratnapala and Mahesh Perera from Sri Lanka Navy. They are accompanied by Prasanna Udaya Kumara (Coach) from Air Force and Sqd Ldr. P.N. de Costa.

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Sri Lanka vs India

(HINDU) The Indian volleyball side too had a winning start when it beat Sri Lanka 3-1 at the Indian Shahid Soharwardy indoor stadium in Mirpur.

Indian spikers took the lead 25-23, 25-19 before opponents gave them a scare taking the third set.

India lost 23-25 in the third set but clinched the issue taking the fourth set 25-19.   Full Story


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