Tehani to herald Sri Lanka’s Olympic quest with first shot-BY DINESH WEERAWANSA Source:Sundayobserver Rifle shooter Tehani Egodawela will be the first Sri Lankan in action at the XXX11nd summer Olympic Games which starts in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on July 23. Egodawela is due to fire in the women’s 10m air rifle qualifying round at the Asaka Shooting Range on July 24, starting from 5 am Sri Lanka time. Born on April 19, 1986, she holds the Sri Lanka national record in her pet event – 623.3 points in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Ranked 223rd in the world and 77th in Asia for the event, she took part in the Emir of Kuwait 8th International Shooting Grand Prix in 2019. Two other Sri Lankans – badminton player Niluka Karunaratne and swimmer Aniqah Gaffoor are also scheduled to compete in their respective first round heats on the same ...

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Country boy Dasun Shanaka to bail out the beast-BY CALLISTUS DAVY Dasun Shanaka returned home with a bounty from Pakistan and now called up again to mend a broken team Source:Sundayobserver Beleaguered cricket chiefs have come to look for a typical country boy in Dasun Shanaka to carry a troubled nation on his shoulders at a time Sri Lanka not only hit rock bottom in international rankings but was ripped apart by shady elements in the team who were a law unto themselves with discipline and dignity flung out. Growing up in the bustling countryside of Negombo where he cut his teeth as a cricketer playing for missionary schools St. Peter’s College and later Maris Stella College, Shanaka initially shot to the limelight when he smashed a record 16 sixes playing for his Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in a T20 domestic match that was just one short of the highest ...

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Gold hunter Matthew Abeysinghe aiming for his best shot-by BY ALLAAM OUSMAN ‘I have been representing Sri Lanka for the past 11 years and every time I have done it, I have felt so honoured to be in a position where I am able to represent Sri Lanka. Being able to do this at the highest level of competition my sport has to offer, the Olympic Games, is an added honour’ Sri Lanka’s most decorated swimmer Matthew Abeysinghe is primed to give his best shot at the Tokyo Olympics despite kicking his heels in frustration after pools were shut down in the United States where he trained because of the pandemic. “I feel very confident leading up to the Olympics. My target in Tokyo would just be to have the best time. If I do that and swim the race the way I want to swim, I should be in ...

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Badminton wildcard Niluka targets ‘something special’ in Tokyo-BY ALLAAM OUSMAN                                                                               Niluka Karunaratne   Source:Sundayobserver   Sri Lanka’s most experienced Olympian for the Tokyo Games, shuttler Niluka Karunaratne who battled Covid and numerous challenges to improve his world ranking to 99, is determined to prove “something special” this time. “I am very excited and very much motivated to play again for my country. It is an absolute honour and a privilege. I know with all the support in Sri Lanka and also with the Ministry of Sports, National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB), I can really do something special at this Olympics in Tokyo,” said Niluka who has taken ...

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The wild boar turned bull in the ring-BY ALLAAM OUSMAN Source:Sundayobserver The wild boar turned bull in the ring-BY ALLAAM OUSMAN Source:Sundayobserver Sumith Liyanage (extreme left) at Rome’s Leonarda Da Vinci on their arrival for the 1960 Olympics. The five-man team also included Linus Diaz (athletics), Tony Williams (swimming), Maurice Coomeravel (cycling), Dharmasiri Weerakoon (boxing) with Darley Ingleton as manager Sri Lanka’s oldest living Olympian mistakenly shot for an animal in the jungle had the commitment and qualities that are still unsurpassed inside or outside the sporting arena One of the proudest boasts of Sri Lanka’s oldest living Olympian, boxer Sumith Liyanage, is that he fought in the same ring as Muhammad Ali then known as Cassius Clay at the Pallazzo Dello Sport in Rome 1960. Ali dazzled both in and out of the ring to win the light heavyweight gold medal and went on to become heavyweight champion of ...

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Carmel Miranda’s Gratiaen Prize winning novel ‘Crossmatch’-by NAN Source:Island First of all congratulations to Dr Carmel Miranda for winning the 2020 Gratiaen Prize from among five competitive short listed works, two by well-known authors. This should be Carmel’s first published writing – a novel of 262 pages – hence the congratulations are doubly deserved. Crossmatch – three narratives Authored by medical doctor Carmel Miranda, ‘Crossmatch’ is a three pronged novel with a medical student’s travails running alongside a murder mystery and a mysterious puzzle about birth. The first two narratives are absorbingly interesting and the kudos due to Carmel are that she weaves them to progress side by side, seamlessly with the medical student vital to the mystery story as it is she who first suspects foul play, both due to her being in the Colombo Hospital where the victim dies and her medical knowledgeability to ask relevant questions and follow leads. ...

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CEB’s immense contribution to promotion of solar power in SL-By Eng. Lanka Perera and Eng. Rohan Seneviratne Even though the Sri Lankan solar industry has matured since its inception, up to now it has primarily been a passive one    Source:Ft   Sri Lanka, being an island situated near the equator, is blessed with a significant amount of solar radiation or sunlight, to be put in plain terms, throughout the country, year around. Looking at this fact and the rapid developments in solar technology, many individuals claim that solar power generation would be Sri Lanka’s best option in achieving its goals in low carbon electricity generation and providing low-cost electricity to the people, in light of the pressing need to meet the growing demand.And there has always been an uproar regarding relevant authorities and professionals either turning a blind eye towards this solar potential lying in front of us or ...

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‘Nariyage Magula’ “Here I am, an old man in a dry month, Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain” No rum today. No matter. About nine in the morning there is a welcome shower. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and we have this utterly welcome shower. I am not going to miss this. I drag my plastic armchair: I bought one because it’s so light that I do not have to call someone to bring it for me. I drag it to the open door; sit, and watch the rain. The water comes down from the roof and into the drain, flowing without hindrance. The flow keeps ricocheting off the sides of the drain generating a sort of lattice-work of ripples. Odd bits of flotsam, dried leaves float down. The water flows along and the lattice-work seems almost static, but it’s not. Raindrops fall, and ...

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The Turks of Ceylon; who introduced Unani medicine to Sri Lanka? | Lost and Forgotten   The Turks of Ceylon; who introduced Unani medicine to Sri Lanka? | Lost and Forgotten References; * Jamaldeen’s stay in Ceylon – Hassen Ahmed Maniker’s “Conversion of Maldives to Ceylon” (1987), Shukri (2015), & Carl Muller “Children of the Lion” (1997) * In 1564, a delegation was sent from Ceylon to meet Turkish warlord Lufti. (Pearson, 1976; Casale, 2010). * Ottomon mosques in Ceylon (Casale, 2010). * Ceylonese Muslims sent frequent deputations to Ottoman Mecca (Sir Edward Creasy, 1878). * Schooner carrying Afghans/Turks arrived in Ceylon in the 16th century (McGilvray, 2008; The Matatakkalappu Manmiyam ( The Glory of Batticaloa ) ed . F. X. C. Nadarajah 1962 * Ottomans sent troops to crush the Kaffirs/ Portuguese (Reid, 1969). * Turks in Dutch Ceylon. (Journal of Spilbergen, 1602; R.K. De Silva, 1988; Obeyesekere, 2017; ...

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