Mount Lavinia Hotel: Official Hotel for 15th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships in Colombo

Colombo. Tuesday 18 January 2011. The 15th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships 2011 will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 25 – 29 January 2011 at the newly constructed 06 court International standard Squash Complex of the Sri Lanka Air Force Base, Ratmalana.

The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Asian Squash Federation is also billed to take place concurrently at the Official Host Hotel – The Mount Lavinia Hotel on 28 and 29 January 2011.

Simultaneously, the World Squash Federation will hold its next Management Committee Meeting (Man COM) at the same hotel on 26 and 27 January with key officer bearers from around the world, including the President of WSF, Mr. N. Ramachandran arriving in Sri Lanka to enjoy the peace dividends won after a 30 year old war.

A total of 23 teams from Asian Squash Federation’s member nations are billed to take part in this international event. Among them are Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Jordan, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq and hosts Sri Lanka.

This major event is being sponsored by Ceylon Biscuits Limited, makers of Ritzbury Chocolates, Sri Lanka’s No. 1, along with the Ministry of Sports. It has attracted a record number of entries, in fact higher than all other previous Asian events.

Senior Brand Manager’ of Ceylon Biscuits Limited Nilupul De Silva said, “As the sponsor of the Junior National Squash Championship for the last three years, Ritzbury is proud to be associated with the Asian Junior Team Squash Championships which is to be held in Colombo. This is a great opportunity for our players to compete with the best talent in the region and further develop their skills. I wish the championship all success”.

Sri Lankan Airlines is the ‘Official Airline’ of the 15th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships 2011, while the Mount Lavinia Hotel has come in a ‘Official Host Hotel’ providing many facilities at concessionary rates.

A delighted President of the Sri Lanka Squash Federation Oliver Guruge said, “Sri Lanka is both happy and proud to host this important event in the international squash calendar. With a 30 year civil war behind us, and adverse travel advisories now contemporary history, Sri Lanka is once again regaining its position on the world’s tourism map. These championships come at an opportune moment when the Government of Sri Lanka is taking all measures to actively promote the country not only as a tourist destination, but also as a multi-faceted destination for sports tourism, health tourism, religious tourism, cultural tourism and more”.

“The game of squash has, at the same time, has seen a tremendous resurgence both in terms of public interest and popularity in Sri Lanka during this past two years. Needless to say we have been greatly, encouraged by the record number of entries for all tournaments conducted by the SLSF during this period”, he added.

CEO of SriLankan Airlines Manoj Gunawardena said, “Sports Tourism has always taken top billing in our global agenda as SriLankan Airlines constantly and actively promotes the geographical diversity Sri Lanka is well known for. The SriLankan Airlines Pro recently was one such example where over 120 surfers from around the world converged on the Arugam Bay with the East Coast attracting international endorsement as the best venue for water sports. SriLankan Airlines is proud to fly in squash players, delegates and officials from several countries to Colombo and thus extend our support to the burgeoning popularity of this game both locally and regionally”.

General Manager of the Mt. Lavinia Hotel Anura Devapura said that the Hotel was privileged to be associated with an international sporting event of this magnitude. “There’s already a buzz about the forthcoming 15th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships as Sri Lanka is gaining international recognition as a destination for sports tourism”.

“This is the second international sports event of this calibre that we are proud to be in partnership with. The first was the Asian Under-16 Junior Badminton Continental Championships in 2009, and now this, as the Mt. Lavinia Hotel becomes hospitality partner for sports events. As this event is committed to unite, develop and nurture the youth of Sri Lanka with bonds and indeed friendship through the sports arena, Mount Lavinia Hotel too endorses its commitment to the goodwill of our nation by supporting sports events”.

Chief Guest at the opening ceremony will be Minister of Sports Hon. Mahindananda Alutgamage while the Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke will be Chief Guest at the Awards Ceremony at the Air Force Base, Ratmalana and give away the awards.

Among the strong Sri Lankan contingent are this country’s top ranked junior players. The 15th Asian Junior Team Squash Championships 2011 are expected to feature some great squash and memorable performances of a very high standard, especially with the participation of top ranked players from 14 countries. The main draw will be held in the presence of top players from Pakistan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and India.

“We’re thrilled to note that squash has attracted large numbers of players among all age groups in Sri Lanka. Our wish is to see Sri Lanka emerge as a major squash playing nation in the region in the not too distant future”, Guruge concluded.

Media Contact

President Sri Lanka Squash Federation Oliver Guruge – 777777 997

Secretary Sri Lanka Squash Federation Jaliya Jayasekera – 0717 310026

Kumar de Silva – 0777 379 973

Tharindra de Silva – 0777 560 611

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