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Bid to develop sports in Kandy

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Mayor of Kandy Kessara Senanayake an old Trinitian and opposition leader Sena Dissanayke a product of Vidyartha College who are keen sports lovers, have planned to develop sports and physical activity in Kandy in the coming year. Their aim is to make Kandy the most active and socially-integrated city in Sri Lanka. The Mayor has an unwavering belief in the power of sport to bring Kandy crowds together and to improve their lifestyles. His main aim will be to support sporting events to foster social integration, and, build stronger communities for major sporting events. Kandy has playgrounds and community centers which help indoor sports, and he has plans to upgrade all of them to give youngsters a break.

The elders of the city of Kandy are requesting the Mayor to develop the playgrounds and to bring them to a good standard which will help the youngsters.From the day the grounds were formed, they gave a big hand for sports. Everyone who love sports in Kandy are hoping that this will be done.

A look into playgrounds reveals that it was introduced in1938. The first was the Wewelpitiya Playground also known as ‘Rakade’ Ground which is called PT Rajana Play ground. Then came theVictoria Drive Playground and the third was Deiyanawela Playground. Getambe Playground is also famous, it is a small ground and it was late Gamini Dissanayake who redeveloped the ground.

At present, there are 24 playgrounds across the city, and many of them need to be upgraded as they have reached the end of their lifespan Kandy also has 45 community centres where indoor sports are played. These sporting venues not only help the very young, but teenagers and adults.

All playgrounds under the Municipal Council are small in size, where no matches can be played. Every playground in recent times has come out with side net wickets for playground staff, who are coaches to conduct their academy. The only ground they had for matches was Bogambara and that was taken over by the Sports Ministry in the late 1990’s and the loss of this ground is badly felt. When Bogambara was under the Municipality the ground fee was only a few hundred rupees but today it costs thousands. Today the Bogambara ground is like a paddy field due to the wet weather.

There are several sportsmen and sportswomen who started sports at these playgrounds, which helped them to play for the district and country which helped them in a big way in life.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022 – 01:00

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