discipline has rubbed into entire team – RP Singh
We’re here to play hard cricket, says medium pacer
RP Singh of Team Kochi in an interview with TOI.
Kochi is a new team. How hard is it for the players
in a new franchisee?
Our focus is on training hard and maintaining unity
amongst team members. We have had a fruitful
training session before the start of IPL 4, under
coach Geoff Lawson, which has helped the entire team
to gel and work on our strengths. We are getting
along pretty well as a unit and the results are
showing on the field for Team Kochi.
How did you reinvent yourself for the T20 format?
I have been working hard on my bowling. I’m also
concentrating on my fitness. Hopefully, the results
will show in all formats of the game and not just in
T20. Personally, I am satisfied with my bowling and
hope to continue this form for the remaining matches
for Team Kochi and in the near future as well.
How is Mahela Jayawardene as a captain?
It has been an absolute privilege working under such
a methodical captain. The discipline he gets into
his cricket has rubbed off on the entire team.
Having such a positive person at the helm spreads a
sense of comfort amongst the unit.
Team Kochi does not have celebrity owners. Is the
missing glam factor making any difference?
We are here to play some hard cricket and it is the
result that counts. Our franchisee has been very
supportive and encouraging throughout our journey.
For any successful cricket team, it is the strong
management support that counts.
Playing with international players in the IPL, have
you shared any important insights to improve your
One learns everyday. It is a privilege sharing a
dressing room with cricketing giants like Mahela,
(Brendan) McCullum and Murali. It is a dream come
true to play alongside the highest wicket taker in
the world. Such inspiration has certainly helped my
Are you working towards a comeback for Team India?
Playing for Team India has always been my priority
and I will work as hard as I can to bowl to the best
to my ability.
What do you think are the chances of Team Kochi?
We are playing well as a team and the results have
been good. We have won the last three of our matches
and hope to continue this form. If we play the way
we are we will certainly reach far in the
tournament. – [TNN]
honours Mahesa Rodrigo
honoured the late Mahesa Rodrigo, by naming the home
dressing rooms at the Royal College Sports Complex,
in his memory. The former Royalist and sporting
legend often referred to as ‘master of both bat and
boot’ captained Royal College’s cricket and rugby
teams in the year 1946.
Rodrigo, a double International who represented his
country in both cricket and rugby, forged a unique
place for himself in history as a man whose talent
The commemoration ceremony, held at the Royal
College Sports Complex on Thursday was graced by the
school principal, the members of the Royal College
Rugby Advisory Committee, eminent old ruggerites of
all generations, the current rugby team and family
members of the late Mahesa Rodrigo. The rugby
fraternity of Royal College gathered to pay homage
to the legend whose contributions to his school,
club, country and the sporting world, remain
The ceremony commenced at 5.00 p.m. with the
unveiling of a plaque by the principal of Royal
College, Upali Gunasekera who said “Mahesa Rodrigo
will be remembered as a sportsman par excellence who
was a mastermind in the rugby field. He brought many
glories to the school and also to the country.” In
his address, Royal’s Lakshman Kaluaratchi spoke on
behalf of the many generations of Royal ruggerites
who fondly remembered this sporting legend. The
daughter of the late Mahesa Rodrigo, Ms. Tarini
Rodrigo Vosper thanked the principal and the
Royalists past and present for this tribute to her
Mahesa Rodrigo, an unforgettable figure in
Royal’s sporting history, was celebrated for his
remarkable contributions to rugby as a player,
captain, coach, administrator and sporting
ambassador. The diminutive, witty and
well-recognised Mahesa brought his passion and
brilliance to sports, having captained his school
rugby and cricket teams. In the same year he went on
to play for and become a lifetime member of, two of
Sri Lanka’s most reputable sporting institutes, SSC
and CR&FC (the latter which he captained in 1952).
In 1948, Rodrigo played for Sri Lanka in the
national rugby team and became the first Sri Lankan
to captain Ceylon in a team dominated by Europeans.
He also made his debut in the International cricket
arena when he represented Ceylon.
Rodrigo also took all that he learnt during his
days in the field and gave it back to the sporting
world by getting involved in its administration at
Royal College and the CR & FC, first as secretary
and then as president in 1972. At a national level
he was also secretary of CRFU. Hugely modest and
humble in his ways, Rodrigo never took credit for
his historic performances; he always preferred to
remember the other great men with whom he engaged in
the sporting arena.
National VB finals on May 7
The volleyball fraternity in Sri Lanka will witness
some enthralling contests when the finals of the
Munchee National Volleyball Championship gets
underway on May 7 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
The tournament is conducted by the Sri Lanka
Volleyball Federation with Ceylon Biscuits Ltd as
the main sponsors.
President of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation,
Minister Dilan Perera said that more than 4000 teams
took part in this year’s competition and great
enthusiasm prevailed in the northern and eastern
parts of the country. Minister Perera also said the
finals would be a keen tussle as all teams are
strong and well balanced.
In the second Division finals of the National
championship Casualine Sports Club Mawathagama will
confront Vijaya Sports Club Koswadiya in the women’s
category. In the men’s event it will be Sri Lanka
Army Kandy team that will take on National Youth
Services Council team. These two finals are
scheduled to be held from 9 am onwards.
In the super league category, Sri Lanka Air Force
women will meet the women from the Sri Lanka Bureau
of Foreign Employment. In the much awaited men’s
final Sri Lanka Ports Authority will take on the Sri
Lanka Navy, who is appearing at a national final for
the first time in their history. Ironically, the
defending champions of both categories have failed
to make it to the finals this year. Sri Lanka Army
and Sri Lanka Ports Authority won the men’s and
women’s championships last year.
Winners of all categories will receive handsome cash
awards and trophies. The omission of the last year’s
champions proves how tough the competition is this
year. Newcomers Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign
Employment women has come forward and taken part
with much confidence. The super league finals will
commence from 1 pm onwards.
Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage,
President of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation
Minister Dilan Perera, Minister Pavitra
Wanniarchchi, Secretary Defence Gothabaya Rajapaksa,
Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Somathilaka
Dissanayaka, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshall
Harsha Abeywickrama, Group Director CBL Ltd, Nandana
Wickramage and a host of distinguished invitees are
due to attend the event.
The finals will be telecast by ITN.
World Cup Brazil preliminary draw in July
By Hafiz Marikar
Manilal Fernando the Management Chairman of the Sri
Lanka Football Federation and Ex-co member of the
FIFA says that all eyes of the football world will
be on Rio de Janeiro. On 30 July at 3.00pm when the
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil preliminary draw takes
place, the first major Kick-Off Event ahead of the
tournament itself, takes place.
The ceremony will be held close to the beautiful
Copacabana beach, where four kilometers of white
sand stretches across one of the most recognisable
districts of Rio. Guests from around the world will
convene at the Marina da Gloria harbour to watch the
draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary
competition. Manilal Fernando and Chrysantha Perera
the CEO will be there for the grand occasion.
A total of 203 associations out of 208 will
participate in the campaign. Brazil qualifies
automatically as hosts and will therefore not be
involved in the preliminary draw. Bhutan, Guam and
Mauritania have also opted out, while Brunei,
Darussalam are currently suspended by FIFA and
therefore prohibited from participating in the
The format for the South American qualifying
competition has been confirmed. As Brazil does not
need to qualify, the CONMEBOL Zone will consist of
one group of nine teams all competing for the places
at the finals. Also confirmed is the first round of
qualifying in Oceania, which will consist of all
teams from the confederation, aside from New
Zealand, facing one another as part of the South
Pacific Games in New Caledonia in August. The
qualifying draw for the four other confederations
will be made in Brazil. However, the formats for
these preliminary competitions must still be
ratified by the FIFA Executive Committee, which will
convene in Zurich on 27 May.
FIFA will be providing extensive coverage of the
preliminary draw in Rio de Janeiro, as well as a
Live Draw Application and the popular Fan-chat,
which allows fans from around the world to share
their opinions. The official 2014 FIFA World Cup
Brazil website will be offering exclusive interviews
with stars from the world of sport, politics and
show business, as well as all the necessary
information regarding the draw and colorful reports
from in and around Rio, said Manilal Fernando.
|DSI Schools VB
The DSI Supersport Schools
Volleyball Championship will be conducted for the
13th consecutive year and sponsored by the DSI
This tournament, a much looked forward to event by
the school children will once again provide the
youngsters opportunity to display their talents in
the national sport. The tournament will be conducted
in collaboration with the Sports Unit of the
Ministry of Education and the Sri Lanka Volleyball
The tournament will be conducted in four age
categories of under 12, 14, 16 and 18 respectively
for boys and girls.
Entry forms are available from around 200 DSI
showrooms throughout the country for all schools.
Entries close on May 13 and could be sent by post
addressed to: Sales Service Manager, D. Samson and
Sons (Pvt) Limited, No. 263, High Level Road,
Nawinna, Maharagama. Entries can also be handed over
to any DSI showroom before May 13. - (DR)
golfers in Sri Lanka form association
tournament at RCGC on May 7
Left-handed golfers in Sri Lanka have come
together to form the National Association of
Left-handed Golfers Sri Lanka (NALG-SL) on the lines
of similar associations in many golf playing
The new association, which already has 75 members,
has secured affiliation with the World Association
of Left-handed Golfers (WALG). The World Association
for left hand golfers was formed in 1979 and has
conducted 17 World Championships in world famous
golf courses around the world.
The founder committee of the National Association of
Left-handed Golfers Sri Lanka consists of Dr.C.
Thurairajah. (President), Captain Nihal Keppetipola
(Captain), Firaz Hameed (Secretary), Lewie Diasz
(Treasurer) and Christopher Dias (Membership
Development), Glen Mathew (Tournament Committee),
Dinesh de Silva (Tournament Committee) as founder
The newly formed association will conduct its first
tournament for left-handers in Sri Lanka on Saturday
May 7 at the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) and more
than 160 left-handed golfers including foreign
participants of affiliated organisations of the
World Association of Left-handed Golfers are
expected to compete at this event, the Association
“Associations for left-handed golfers have been
formed in many parts of the world to encourage and
foster the game of golf, in particular left-handed
golf,” Dr. Thurairajah said.
“This inaugural National Tournament of the
Association will be an excellent opportunity for
left-handed golfers in the country to compete
against some well known golfers from overseas and to
help raise funds and increase our membership,” he
Apart from the tournament, the Association is
planning many other activities for the benefit of
left-handed golfers. These include sending members
to the 2011 World Championship for left- handed
golfers at St. Andrews, Scotland and in Tokyo, Japan
next year. Hosting the Asian Championship and the
World Championship are among the other ambitious
plans being explored by the Association.
Among the well known left-handed golfers in Sri
Lanka are Amal Cabraal, Kumar Sangakkara, Savantha
de Saram, Chandana de Silva and Sanjeewa
Wikramanayake to name a few. On the world stage, the
most famous left-handed golfers are Sir Bob Charles
and Phil Mickleson.