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SLTA joins Sports Ministry to launch High Performance Tennis

Director General of the Ministry of Sports Amal Edirisooriya (2nd from left) and President, SLTA, Iqbal Bin Issack (2nd from right) after signing the special agreement as Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa (4th from left), NOC President Suresh Subramaniam (3rd from left), NSC member Ruwan Keralage (extreme left), and SLTA Secretary Pradeep Gunasekera (right) look on. Photo Ishan Wanniarachchi

The Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports signed an agreement establishing a special High Performance Training Programme for Sri Lanka’s tennis on Monday (24) at the SLTA headquarters in Colombo.

The Sports Ministry will be funding partially to the programme as part of its national squad training initiative.

Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa, Director General of the Ministry of Sports Amal Edirisooriya, President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOC-SL) Suresh Subramaniam, President of the SLTA Iqbal Bin Issack, its General Secretary Pradeep Goonasekera, some members the National Sports Council (NSC) plus a few acclaimed tennis players of the current national circuit took part on the occasion on Monday.

“The occasion marks the first time the SLTA is signing a long-term agreement with the Ministry of Sports. Our main aim here is the players’ development. As soon as the pandemic situation will be under control, the High Performance Programme for the national squads will begin,” said an SLTA communiqué yesterday (25).

“The SLTA would like to thank the Ministry of Sports for joining hands with us for this initiative and we hope for a successful partnership between the two parties in the journey that will take Sri Lanka’s tennis to the next level,” it further added.