The eighth Open Junior Badminton Championship for Under-11 and Under-13 players was conducted successfully by the YMCA Moratuwa at its indoor sports complex on 17 and 18 March, the Chairman of its Sports Committee, J.S.A. Fernando, revealed.
This tournament attracted entries from nearly 180 emerging youngsters who exhibited a high standard of play. The Chief Guest at the finals and the presentation ceremony was L.R Ariyananda, a former national champion and President of the Western Province Badminton Association. President Deepthi Perera of the YMCA Moratuwa and board members of Moratuwa ‘Y’, together with the players’ parents and well-wishers, attended this tournament which has become a popular event on the YMCA’s annual calendar.
The services of international umpire Chandana Nilantha were available throughout this competition. The winners and runners-up received valuable mementos, gifts, medals and certificates. Among the main sponsors of the tournament were Hameedias, Puwakaramba Agencies Ltd, HNB Prime Grameen Micro Finance, Commercial Bank Moratuwa, Exa-Bind and Nations Lanka Finance Company. Fernando appreciated the contribution of the General Secretary and the staff of YMCA Moratuwa to the success of this tournament. The final results are as follows.
- Winner - A.P. Hiruka Sahanmith
- Runner-up – Ransaja Uthsara Karunathilaka
- Winner - K.D. Achini Kavindi Gamage
- Runner-up – D. Pramudi Shenara Fernando
- Winner - Sachin Chamuditha
- Runner-up – Shen Kaushalya
- Winner - Niroshani Peiris
- Runner-up – Ahinsa Umayanga Silva