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Vivekanandan still loud and clear

Shivantha Vivekanandan
Shivantha Vivekanandan

Shivantha Vivekanandan is deaf from birth but he excelled in education and sports that he engaged himself in the administration of sports for the differently able for many years. He has played a major role in promoting leather ball cricket tournaments organized by Sri Lanka Deaf Cricket Association (SLDCA) and Sri Lanka Cricket.

Vivekanandan was the president of the SLDCA from 2007 to 2013 and played a major role in promoting hard ball cricket tournaments including contesting events that were played on foreign soil.

Vivekanandan was educated at the School for the Deaf in Ratmalana until he was nine years old. Thereafter he was at Maryline High School in Colpety where he shone in studies up to the GCE Advanced level. He won many awards with his excellent grades in education and excelled in cricket and athletics while at Maryline High School.

He later became a member of the Deaf Recreation Club, Rajagiriya where he excelled in cricket, athletics and table tennis. He won 123 awards in sports before he retired in 1980.

He then joined the Deaf School Past Pupils’ Association at the School for the Deaf, Ratmalana in 1975. He was elected President in 2000 and holds that post up to date.

Vivekanandan organized sports activities such as cricket, netball and volleyball for boys and girls of the school with the sponsorship of Chevron Lubricants for 10 years.

He was selected a committee member of the Deaf International Cricket Council and was a Senior Vice Chairman of the Asia Deaf Cricket Council for four years.

He is currently a consultant for the Sri Lanka Deaf Cricket Association as an honorary life member.