Olympic Day Celebrated in Jaffna
[Updated :: 2010-06-25 10:07:51 Hours]
For the first time in the islandís contemporary history, sports
enthusiasts in Jaffna got opportunity to celebrate National Olympic
Festival in their own city concurrent to the same occasion celebrated
in 202 countries world wide.
The main function at the Duraiappa Stadium in Jaffna organized by
the National Olympic Committee (NOC) with coordination of Security
Forces Headquarters-Jaffna (SF-J) turned magnificent with a number
of sports and cultural events performed before a galaxy of spectators
flocked to the location to witness this historical occasion.
Official function started with the lighting of the symbolic Olympic
Torch by a team of young sportsmen and sportswomen and hoisting
of the National Flag by Chief Guest Hon. Minister of Sports C.B.
Fabulous display of Tae Kwon Do and Drill Display presented by soldiers
of the Sri Lanka Army at the grand finale delighted the cheering
crowd while traditional dance was performed by girls of Vembady
College and members of Thirulkurai Kala Manthran Jaffna.
An exhibition handball game was also played between the Army team
and the Jaffna team on the occasion.
the award ceremony, a special memento was presented to the Security
Forces Headquarters-Jaffna by the National Olympic Committee in
appreciation of its pivotal role played in coordinating the whole
programme on its part in Jaffna. Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda
Hathurusinghe received the memento from Major General (Retd) Palitha
Fernando, President Sri Lanka Athletic Association.
Agent Jaffna Mr. K. Ganesh, Mayoress Jaffna Mrs. Y. Pathgunaraja,
Senior Vice President NOC Mr. Deva Henry and a large number of Senior
Army and Police officers and invitees were present.