Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) on Tuesday felicitated the Junior Shuttlers who excelled at the recently concluded 21st BWF World Junior Championships and the South Asian Under (U)-21 Regional Badminton Championships, at a ceremony held at the 80 Club, Colombo.
Present on the occasion were SLB President Rohan de Silva, Vice Presidents, officials and coaches. In a significant move, SLB presented cash awards to outstanding Shuttlers of both teams for their achievements at the two tournaments.
Sri Lanka won a gold, a silver and four bronze medals at the South Asian U-21 Regional Badminton Championships. Teshani Nayanathara and Hasara Wijerathna won the Women’s Doubles at the event held in Addu City, Maldives.
The team comprised Dumindu Abeywickrema, Ranthushka Sasindu, Sethum Perera, Digayu Kahatapitiya, Lakindu Ranaweera, Praween Bhanuka, Nadun Punchihewa, Hasini Ambalangoda, Ashini Fernando, Jananuwani Amanda and Chathuli Ishara. The team was coached by Yukthi Rangana.
At the 21st BWF World Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia, the Lankan Shuttlers finished 26th among 43 teams, after beating Lithuania, Australia and Peru.
The eight-member team coached by former national champion and double Olympian Thilini Jayasinghe, comprised Lochana de Silva, Viren Nettasinghe, Chamath Dias, Thulith Palliyaguru, Dilmi Dias, Panchali
Source: The Sunday Times