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The final leg of All Island National Schools Games begins today

The third and final leg of the Prima All Island National Schools Games, the athletics championship will begin at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo today. The mega schools athletics extravaganza organized by the Education Ministry will run for five days, and conclude on October 6 at the same venue.

Education Ministry gets the financial back-up from Prima Group to make this event a success. The third and final stage will comprise track and field events where a total of 4751 competitors from 968 schools will be vying for honours in 53 different events.

The event will be held in four age categories - under 15, 17, 19 and 21. The competitors were selected for the final stage of this meet after they had excelled initially at inter-school sports meets, zonal meets, district meets and eventually at inter-provincial meets respectively. Prima has come forward to sponsor the event with Rs 1.5million and the Education Ministry seeks more sponsors from private entrepreneurs to cover the total expenses.

"We have offered a cash award of Rs. 100,000 each for the best athletes in the meet for the past three years.

If we get more sponsors , we can surely increase the prize money. I thank and appreciate Prima for being with us, coming forward as the main sponsor but I hope more private companies will come and sponsor the event. Education Ministry spends more than Rs. 32 million to conduct this meet from Zonal division onwards, and it is no easy task," said Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane at a press briefing held at the Education Ministry.

Meanwhile Sports and Physical Education Director at the Ministry of Education B A Abeyratne said that the Games have already produced one Sri Lanka record when G.T. Abeyratne a 16-year weight lifter from Polonnaruwa lifted 135kg in the under 48KG category.

Last year's championship produced 13 new meet records while A.D.A. Fernando (Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa) and Pabasara Senanayake (St. Joseph's BV Kegalle) were named the best male and female athletes respectively.

Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathne will take part in the opening ceremony of the event this evening while President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister Bandula Gunawardane will be present at the closing ceremony on October 6.

Posted on 2013-10-02 07:31:02
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