DSI Supersport schools volleyball launched | Sunday Observer

DSI Supersport schools volleyball launched

 Managing Director D. Samson & Sons Sons Thusitha Rajapakse presents the sponsorship to the president of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation Ranjith Siyabalapitiya at the launch at the NOC  Auditorium.  Pic: Vipula Amerasinghe
Managing Director D. Samson & Sons Sons Thusitha Rajapakse presents the sponsorship to the president of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation Ranjith Siyabalapitiya at the launch at the NOC Auditorium. Pic: Vipula Amerasinghe

The 19th edition of DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship for boys and girls was launched on Monday at the National Olympic Council Auditorium in the presence of Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation president Ranjith Siyabalapitiya.

The Volleyball Federation last year opened the championship to boys and girls in the under-11 category which paved the way for the younger generation to get involved in the sport.

The final result saw many from the outstation schools able to reach higher levels in the sport.

Thusitha Rajapaksa, Managing Director of D. Samson & Sons speaking at the launch said: “It is a significant occasion for us at DSI, as 2019 marks the 19th year of the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship.

“It is both a pleasure and a privilege for DSI to sponsor this much-anticipated annual event, which serves as a platform of recognition for the talented young sportsmen and women from schools all across the island.

It is also our hope that the DSI Supersport Schools Volleyball Championship will play a crucial role in developing and popularizing volleyball as the national sport of our country.”

The Championship at its commencement saw only 198 boys and girls participate in the competition and the number kept increasing to over 4500 teams. The organizers expect the number to go beyond 5000.

It gave children from rural areas the opportunity to showcase their interest towards the sport and helped the Federation in finding the best players with potential to reach national and international levels.

The introduction of the championship helped the Federation to develop 40 players to higher standard during the past years.

The Championship is set to start off at district to commence on April 27 and continue till May 5. The second stage the National level matches are scheduled to be worked off from July 1 to July 7. The finals of all age categories are to be played at the National Youth Services Council indoor Stadium, Maharagama on July 27 and 28.

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