Sri Lanka enters semi finals of World Youth Scrabble | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka enters semi finals of World Youth Scrabble

7 February, 2021

The Sri Lanka Youth Scrabble team entered the semi finals of the Wespa Youth Cup by knocking out Australia in the quarter finals on Saturday (January 31) 2021.

The Wespa Youth Cup is an annual event for under 18 Scrabble players from all over the world. The Sri Lankan team emerged as the best in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and runner-up in 2018 and 2019.

The 2020 edition of the tournament was originally planned to be held in Sri Lanka but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The tournament was belatedly made into an online event with a very different format and the first round took place on January 22.

Sri Lanka advanced to the quarter finals by easily defeating the United States, Malaysia and Nepal. In the group stage Adheesha Dissanayake, the youngest member of the Sri Lankan team led the way by winning 15 out of 18 games to be overall second in the entire group. Meanwhile Nonithma Dharmadasa (14 out of 18) and Sandali Vithanage (13 out of 18) were not far behind and occupied third and fourth places individually.

In the quarterfinals against Australia, Imeth de Silva playing his first Wespa Youth Cup, having unfortunately missed out in 2019 due to his O Level examinations, kept the Sri Lankan flag flying high with five wins out of six. Nimutha Witharana was not far behind, having also secured five matches out of six but with a lower margin. Nonithma occupied third place in the individual rankings and Adheesha was placed fourth.

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