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Local Sports – Week Past, Week Ahead: A gold rain for Sri Lanka at Asian Weightlifting





DTS Weekend Tour, first tennis tourney in 2022

The above tournament in scheduled to be held from Friday to Sunday, 7 to 9 January at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association in Colombo. The entries will close tomorrow (3).

The tournament is for boys and girls in singles Under-14 and 18 age groups.


The Sri Lanka contingent at the Asian Classic Equipped Bench Press and Powerlifting Championships ended in Turkey (not in order): Shenuki Dishalya, Ransilu Jayathilake, Suren Perera, Mothilal Jayathilake, and Chandana Thilakaratne

The Sri Lankan contingent won a massive 14 gold, four silver, and three bronze medals at the Asian Classic Equipped Bench Press and Powerlifting Championships ended in Istanbul, Turkey, last week. Six athletes from Sri Lanka participated in the championship.

Shenuki Dishalya won four golds including the overall championship in the 47 kg weight class. During the tourney, she broke her Sri Lankan record as well. Dishalya, still a student of Bishop’s College – Colombo, is engaged in gymnastics and swimming too, in addition to weightlifting.

Ransilu Jayathilake impresses

Meanwhile, Ransilu Jayathilake competed in the 120 kg weight-class open category and won one gold and two bronze medals.

He won the Asian Championship in the category for the fifth time.

Suren Perera won three gold and one silver medal in the 59 kg open weight category.

Veterans too

Veteran rugby and fitness guru Mothilal Jayathilake won four golds, Chandana Thilakaratne won three gold medals whilst Hiran Fernando won a gold medal in the senior category.

The Asian Classic and Equipped Bench Press and Powerlifting Championship was organised by the Asian Powerlifting Federation, in cooperation with the Turkish Powerlifting Federation.

Powerlifting athletes from 20 countries participated this year.

Colombo Championship champions awarded

Men’s open singles champion of this year’s Colombo Championship tennis, Thehan Wijemanne (second from left), receives his award from Janaka Fonseka (on left), MD, Vision Care, as SLTA Playing Section President Ayendra Bandaranaike (second, right) and SLTA Secretary Pradeep Goonasekera look on. Photo Ishan Wanniarachchi

The main title winners of the historic Colombo Championship tennis, organised by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) Playing Section, Colombo, were awarded last week. The chief guest of the occasion was Janaka Fonseka, Managing Director of Vision Care Opticians.

Leading title winners this year:

* Women’s open and U-18 singles: Anjalika Kurera

* Women’s doubles: Janali Manamperi and Savini Jayasuriya

* Mixed doubles: Thehan Wijemanne and Anjalika Kurera

* Boys’ U-18 singles: Chathurya Nilaweera

* Men’s doubles and boys’ U-18 doubles: Chathurya Nilaweera and Thehan Wijemanne