Janul de Silva runner-up at World Youth Scrabble | Sunday Observer

Janul de Silva runner-up at World Youth Scrabble

The Sri Lanka youth team comprising Radinka Dissanayake (Bishop’s College), Hasali Ratnayake (Girls HS, Kandy), Kalpana Seneviratne (Sacred Heart Convent, Galle), Raguparan Ilanpoornan, S. Thomas’ College), Janul de Silva (captain) and Qays Sangani (Royal College), Vignesh Pirapaharan (Lyceum International, Panadura), Sarindu Willadarage and Nimuthu Witharana (Richmond College), Adheesha Dissanayake (Gateway College)
The Sri Lanka youth team comprising Radinka Dissanayake (Bishop’s College), Hasali Ratnayake (Girls HS, Kandy), Kalpana Seneviratne (Sacred Heart Convent, Galle), Raguparan Ilanpoornan, S. Thomas’ College), Janul de Silva (captain) and Qays Sangani (Royal College), Vignesh Pirapaharan (Lyceum International, Panadura), Sarindu Willadarage and Nimuthu Witharana (Richmond College), Adheesha Dissanayake (Gateway College)

Janul de Silva of Royal College won recognition for his school and for Sri Lanka after emerging as the first runner-up at the 14th World English Scrabble Players’ Association (WESPA) Youth Cup (previously known as World Youth Scrabble Championship) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently.

Tarin Pairor from Thailand emerged champion while Yash Potnis from India emerged as the second runner-up in this tournament where 190 players from 18 countries including USA, UK, Australia and Hong Kong battled it out over 23 rounds.

With his 2019 performance, Janul completes a hat-trick of first runner-up achievements at the WESPA Youth Cup following his previous performances in Kuala Lumpur (2017) and Dubai (2018). Together with the fourth place he achieved in Perth (2015), Janul is now the most consistent competitor in the entire 14 year history of the WESPA Youth Cup. Other notable performances from Sri Lankan youth at this year’s tournament included Vignesh Pirapaharan of Lyceum International School, Panadura who finished sixth at this year’s Championship.

This year’s tournament was also notable in that it was the sixth and final WESPA Youth Cup for Janul and Vignesh. The achievements of Janul and Vignesh together with their teammate, Nimuthu Witharana of Richmond College who finished 20th, saw Sri Lanka tying with Thailand and Singapore for the same number of wins in the battle for the Best National Team.

Thailand emerged as the Best National Team for 2019 based on margins while Sri Lanka was second followed by Singapore. Sri Lanka has been dominant in the Best National Team category since 2015, winning it for three years in a row from 2015 to 2017 before narrowly missing out in 2018 to Pakistan.

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