Ampara District overall champions
Ampara District emerged overall champions winning 18 golds, 11 silvers and nine bronze medals at the 46th Eastern Provincial Sports Festival which was conducted by the Eastern Province Sports Department worked off at the Leelaratne Play Grounds, Kantale recently.
Batticaloa district secured second place with 12 golds, 14 silvers and 15 bronze and Trincomalee district secured third place with six golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronze at the Provincial Sports Festival. The two day Provincial sports festival successfully organized by the Eastern Province Sports Department Director N.M. Nowfees in which players from Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts in the Eastern Province took part. Eastern Province Chief Secretary Ampara D.M.L.Bandaranayakke was the Chief Guest at the first day inauguration session. Eastern Province Education and Sports Ministry Secretary M.C.L. Fernando graced the occasion as Chief Guest on the second day and gave away the awards
Coach H.Safeer Ali teacher attached to Muslim Madhya Maha Vidyalaya (National School), Akkaraipattu in the Ampara district won five first places and secured gold medals. He has brought fame to Akkaraipattu and Ampara district. Safeer Ali secured 1st places in 100m, 200, 400m, 4×100 Relay and 4x400m Relay events in addition he received Most outstanding player and Eastern Best Athlete awards.