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National 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. Rathnayake.

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.

During 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.

Government 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.

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