Army sports stars feted for recent triumphs

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Army athletes who had recently shone in the international arena were felicitated by the Army Chief Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, at the Army Headquarters in Sri Jayewardenepura on Tuesday (20).

The sports stars have excelled in cricket, netball and bodybuilding in recent international events.

Mahesh Theekshana emerged from the Army cricket team and touched the sky with enthusiasm, skills, dedication and commitment as a great teammate of the national team.

He made his debut in international cricket on 7 September 2021 at the R. Premadasa Stadium with a match against South Africa, grabbing four wickets. With that start, he was also selected for T20, ODIs and test games. Most commentators recognise him for his unique skill of carom ball. Now he is an indispensable player in Sri Lanka’s spinner line up and is proving his talents in batting and fielding when needed. He was an all-rounder in the 2022 Asia Cup victory against Sri Lanka and is now eighth in world T20 bowler ranking. Appreciating his contribution, the Army promoted him from Private to Sergeant.

Bhashini De Silva, Thisala Algama and Idusha Janani; Army produced netball queens helped Sri Lanka win the Asian netball crown a few weeks ago (Asian Netball Championship 2022). Showing heartfelt gratitude towards their unbeaten courage and commitment, the Army promoted them from the rank of private to the rank of corporal under the directions of the Army Chief.

Algama and De Silva were also on the winning team in the Asia Netball Championship in 2015. Army bodybuilder Prasanna Rajapaksa recently won the Bronze Medal (65kg) in the Asian Bodybuilding Competition 2022, held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 2 – 5 September. He also met the Army Chief. Lieutenant General Liyanage wished them for their future endeavours and commended their invaluable contribution to the nation with dedication and commitment. They were given cash rewards and tokens of appreciation.

Major General Sanjaya Wanasinha, Commander Security Forces Mullaitivu, Major General Shiran Abeysekara, Director General Financial Management, Brigadier Nalin Bandaranayake, Director of Army Sports were present at the Army Commanders’ Office during this occasion.

By Nisal Rukshan