New TT chief aims to take game to professional level | Sunday Observer

New TT chief aims to take game to professional level

 Kanaka Herath
Kanaka Herath

The newly elected president of the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka (TTASL) State Minister Kanaka Herath said that his aim is to make the sport financially stable.

Herath had also held this post in 2017 and revealed plans to conduct the South Asian Table Tennis championship during that period when Sri Lanka were ranked number two in the South Asian Region.

Now Sri Lanka has failed to maintain that standard at competitions like in the Asian and Commonwealth Games.

Herath now hopes to appoint a strategic planning unit to do some research on how to develop the sport and take it further. He is also making arrangements to popularize the sport in the outstations and procure the support of sponsors.

Youngsters are enthusiastic and confident of moving ahead in the sport. One of them is Senura Silva a 14 year-old promising player who is so good that he represented Sri Lanka at the South Asian Games. He is the son of former national table tennis champions Deepika Rodrigo and Indika Prasad. Senura from Ananda College. The AGM of the TTASL was held at the Sport Ministry Auditorium last week and State Minister Kanaka Herath was elected its president uncontested.

Srinath Wijetunga the former Kingswood College TT player who was in South Korea for higher studies has come back with new ideas and was elected as the secretary.

President:

Kanaka Herath

VPs: Vijaya Gunaratne,

Manzil Muthalib,

Lalith Liyanage,

Prabath Nimesh,

Ashen Sasanka,

Namal Gunasekera,

Sadisi Nirasha,

Madushani Perera

Secretary: Srinath Wijetunga
Asst. Secretary: MA Mallawarachchi
Treasurer: Tinusha Dilhara
Asst. Treasurer: Ranil Dilruwan

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