New sponsors prop up SLR 

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The National Men’s and Women’s Sevens rugby outfits which will represent the country at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in UK next month, were given a big boost when several new sponsors signed up with Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR). The sponsorship signing event took place yesterday at a leading hotel in Colombo.

Nippon Paints once again came forward as the Main Sponsor, while Signature came on board as the new Clothing Partner for both national teams.

Speaking to CT, Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Manager of Nippon Paint stated: “We tied up with Rugby Football during the Inter Club Rugby League, and unfortunately due to the unrest in the country, we could not play the last two games. We are pleased with the response received from the same and did not hesitate to come forward to assist the National Rugby teams at a time of need at the Commonwealth Games 2022 as their main sponsor.”

Speaking to CT, Amjad Hameed, Brand Manager of Signature for Hameedia said: “We are thrilled to be part of Sri Lanka Rugby and are happy to be the Official Clothing partner for both Men’s and Women’s teams. Signature is no stranger to sports in the country as we were part of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) too during the Cricket World Cup in 1996.”

Webxpay also pledged to support the National Sevens teams once again as Co-Sponsors, while True Digital too came in as the Kit manufacturer for the Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams who will be traveling to the UK end of July for the Commonwealth Games.

Rizly Ilyas, President of Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) speaking to CT said: “With our sponsors Nippon Paint, Signature, Webxpay and True Digital, this tour for both squads (Men’s and Women’s) were made possible with the support for World Rugby (WR) and National Olympic Committee (NOC). During the current crisis in the country, it’s a super joint effort that was put in by sponsors. I believe sport is and will be the key element to bring people together, and connectivity too.”

Speaking further, Rizly Ilyas said: “With only a Sevens tournament and a league event played this year the players and the SLR management together with the coaching staff are carrying out a task which we have never experienced before. With the advice of Ben Gollings, SLR in consultation with our coaching staff and national selectors, have prepared three Out Bound training sessions with both squads, which will be a key factor in players bonding and understanding each other. Outbound Adventures has designed three special training sessions for the two teams which will start shortly.”