Young Shuttlers showcase their talents in BILBAO

Sri Lankan Shuttles win against Algeris 5-0, Norway 3-2 and Lithuania 3-0 at the BWF World Juniors Mixed Team event currently happening in Bilbao Spain. Junior shuttlers emerged victorious to gain entry to the position play-offs.

With a win in their favour in the 33-40 playoffs Sri Lanka will face Bulgaria in the next encounter that will be played later in the day.

It was an amazing achievement for the Sri Lankan to showcase a fighting performance against the stronger countries such as Norway and Lithuania and record victories. SLB wish young shuttlers Good Luck!

Beware of choosing of Badminton Tournaments

Sri Lanka Badminton wishes to enhance the knowledge of parents and players in choosing of tournaments to play in future.

Sri Badminton conducts nearly 6-7 tournaments a year apart from the Junior Nationals tournament and other age category tournaments conduct by the Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association (SLSBA).

Sri Lanka Badminton has introduced a ranking system for all age categories starting from under 11 to under 19 and main 5 events (MS,MD,WS,WD and XD) and veterans and Masters too.

Accordingly players for overseas tournaments will be selected by the Selection Committee from the respective ranking lists maintain by SLB. No consideration given for any other achievements out side SLB tournaments.

Therefore, playing of other Badminton tournaments which are not sanctioned by SLB specially by school players is a waste of time and money. Therefore being the apex body of badminton in Sri Lanka request the parents and players to beware of selection of tournaments in future.

SLB requests the players and parents to browse the SLB website for further details.

Coaches Registration at Ministry

As instructed by the Director Sports of Ministry of Sports all Badminton coaches are required to fill the Newly introduced registration form. Therefore Secretary SLB requests all Badminton coaches to get their application from Ms Nadeeka Admin assistant SLB early and to hand over the duly filled application by 16 November 2016 to the office.


On an invitation of the President SLB Mr Suraj Dandeniya Hon Minister of Sports Mr Dayasiri Jayasekara attended the ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Badminton today (4 November 2016) in distribution of kitting, sponsored by Yonex Sunrise Pvt Ltd in Singapore.
The ceremony begins by welcoming the gathering by General Secretary SLB Wg Cdr Amal Dias, followed by distribution of kitting to the players and coaches.
Consequently Hon Minister has spoken to the players and parents and explained his vision towards developing of badminton having the aim to win medals in international tournaments. Hon Minister of Sports has posed for a Group photograph with President, Secretary and other officials of SLB with players and coaches.

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Badminton Nationals and Junior Nationals 2016 held from 22 October 2016 ended very successfully at VIR Army Badminton Courts under the patronage of Hon Minister of Sports Mr Dayasiri Jayasekara on 29 October 2016. This was the first time both main tournaments were played together. This was a Novel concept of the President SLB Mr Suraj Dandeniya. Niluka Karunaratne became the Men’s National Champion for 2016 and Thilini Hendahewa became the Women’s Nation Champion. The results of other three event as follows.

Mens Doubles – Buwaneke Gunathilleke and Sachin Dias

Women’s doubles – Thilini Hendahewa and Kavidi Sirimanne

Mixed Doubles – Buwenake Gunathilleke and Kavidi Sirimanne

A hand full of stake holders tried their best to disturb the arrangements of the tournament from its inception. Due to unity had in between officials of National Association, School Association and specially Mercantile Badminton Association we managed to conclude the 64th Nationals and Junior Nationals very successfully.

SLB take this opportunity to thank the Main organizer of the tournament Mr Upali Thennakoon, and officials of NWPBA, EX Committee of SLB, our main sponsor Yonex Sunrise, Singapore and its Managing Director Mr Seth, Managing Director of Emerald, Brigade Commander of VIR Army camp Boyagane, Officials of Municipal Council Badminton Courts Kurunegala, Directress and Director Admin of Royal International School Kurunegala, Principal of Maliyadewa College Kurunegala, Parents, Coaches and Players for their support in various capacities.


The Committee Presided by the President Sri Lanka Schools Badminton Association has selected the Captains of the Sri Lanka Squad scheduled to be participated in the World Junior Championships from 31 Oct to 11 November 2016 and are as shown below.

Boys Captain — Master Shamika Hasaranga

Girls Captain — Miss Buthmi Galagamage

Other committee members presnt at the meeting were Chairman Selection Committee, Secretary SLB, Secretary SLSBA, and coaches of WJC.

Sri Lanka Badminton wish them GOOD LUCK!


The Organizers of the above event have decided to play the above event as follows.

Nationals, Veterans and Masters from 26 to 29 Oct 16 in Kurunegala.

Junior Nationals from 24-25 Oct 16 in Colombo and from Quarter finals on wards from 27-29 Oct 16 in Kurunegala

Comprehensive program with the draw will be published in the SLB WEB by PM hrs on 19 Oct 2016.

Nationals and Junior Nationals in Kurunegala

Answer to the news published in Nations News paper on 9 October 2016.

Badminton is not in Chaos but in safe hands.

As the writer correctly say both Mercantile tournament and Nationals will be held during the same period. But no clash at all as tries to highlight by the writer. Both programs will be arranged on amicable basis thanks to the officials of both associations.

I hope writer has got wrong information with regard to the number of matches of the Junior nationals. The SLB and SLSBA agreed to conduct preliminary rounds of Junior national in Colombo from 22-23 October and the matches from Quarter final onward will be played in Kurunegala.

Further the organizers have arranged 7 courts in two different places to conduct this tournament in Kurunegala. Therefore no rush will be experienced in this tournament. The new concept i.e Playing Nationals and Junior Nationals together shows the unity of the sport where as many National associations have clashes with their school associations.I hope this kind of initiatives should be appreciated by media without giving wrong information to the general public.

Further the critic of advancing the tournament is totally denied and request the writer to check the Tournament and Activity calendar of Sri Lanka Badminton published in Sri Lanka Badminton Web site in April 2016 to get the correct picture.

The Minister of Sports will grace the occasion, but it is to emphasis that the tournament dates were fixed in this year April by the SLB but not to accommodate the Minister as accused by the writer.

Order of Merit of the Coaches selection for World Junior tournament in Spain in November 2016

The Committee responsible for Selection of Coaches for overseas tournaments have selected the coaches as follows. Two (2) coaches will be selected as per the Order of Merit to participate in World Junior Championships in November 2016.

1. Mr.Chameera Kumarapperuma
2. Mr.Subash De Silva
3. Mr.Mahesh Ekanayak
4. Mr.Niroshan John
5. Mr.Yukthi Rangana Perera
6. Mr.Upul Prasanna