Alliance Finance sponsors emerging Olympic hopeful Sachin Dias
Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
Alliance Finance came forward to sponsor Sachin Dias, an upcoming, talented, young badminton player from St. Sebastian College, Moratuwa. He is 17 years of age and became the champion of the open badminton singles at the National Sports Festival 2013. He is in the national pool of badminton players under the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA). In view of his excellent performance, Sachin Dias is considered as a future star in the sport.
On 17 December 2013, the company’s Deputy Chairman/Managing Director Romani de Silva officially handed over the sponsorship package to Sachin Dias in the presence of the former Chairman and present Head of the Advisory Council Pratap Kumar de Silva, Non-Executive Director of Alliance Finance Ramani Ponnambalam and the SLBA President Suraj Dandeniya.
“The biggest problem badminton players are facing today is the lack of funds. If a player is to achieve a high world ranking, he needs to play as many international tournaments as possible. Before this, parents had great difficulty in finding funds for their children to attend overseas tournaments, but today, with this sponsorship, Alliance Finance is not only helping Sachin, but also the game of badminton in Sri Lanka. This long term effort and commitment of Alliance Finance to enhance the sport is truly commendable,” the SLBA President Dandeniya said.
The sponsorship offered covers Sachin’s education, training, nutrition, medical requirements and participation in national and international tournaments. The company also considers offering education and training in lending and credit and provide future employment for Sachin at Alliance Finance.
“Sachin is a future Olympic hopeful and we are glad to be supporting his journey till he wins and brings glory to our country. We hope more of other organisations will also follow this trend and come forward to support young upcoming athletes of our country,” Romani de Silva stated. Receiving the sponsorship, Sachin Dias said: “I’m deeply thankful to Mr. Pratap Kumar de Silva of Alliance Finance for identifying me and offering me with this sponsorship. I got the opportunity to win a gold medal at 2013 Li-Ning Australian Junior International championship because of the generosity extended to me by Alliance Finance. I would also like to thank the President of SLBA and Ajith Wijesinghe for the support.”
Alliance Finance is a dominant player in the non-banking financial services sector which has a history of 57 years with a triple bottom line focus committed to bringing value to ‘People, Planet and Profit’ and this initiative is very much in line with this sustainable business philosophy.