“It’s Japura’s time!”
The Inter University Games (IUG 2018) is approaching around the corner. Our representatives are
practicing day and night to win the titles and make the name of “Sri Jayewardenepura” shine. A little bit
of encouragement on our side is the least we can do!
The Badminton team of University of Sri Jayewardenepura has without doubt, brought fame and pride to
us for the past years. Their achievements are simply outstanding and one article is definitely not sufficient
to harp on them, but here goes an effort to highlight the essentials;
2016 Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG)
Men’s: 4th place
2017 Inter University Games (IUG)
Overall champions of IUG 2017
UMISF 2016 (UOM) – Invitational University Badminton Championship
Women’s Team: Championship
UMISF 2017 (UOM) – Invitational University Badminton Championship
Women’s Team A: Championship
Women’s Team B: Runner Up
UMISF 2018 (UOM) – Invitational University Badminton Championship
Women’s Team: Championship
Not only have they imprinted their mark in these events, they have taken a step forward and organized
tournaments, showcasing their want to share their talents and passion;
All Island Age Group and Invitational University Badminton Championship
Organized by the Badminton Team of University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Inter University Novices Badminton Championship for undergraduates of Japura
With the 2018 team heading soon in to IUG, it is high time to talk about the members who made the
above achievements a possibility.
The Men’s team is headed by Tharaka Weerasinghe a 4 th year student of the Faculty of Management
studies and Commerce.
The captain of the Women’s team is Roshni Fernando a 3 rd year student of the Faculty of Applied
The Vice-Captaincy of the men’s and women’s teams are held by Vinod Payagala, a 3 rd year
undergraduate of Faculty of Management studies and Commerce and Kavidi Sirimanna, a 2 nd year
student in the Faculty of Applied sciences respectively.
The rest of the members of the 2018 Badminton teams are:
Ramal Keerthirathna (FMSC),
Pavith Perera (FMS),
Mudrika Samarakoon (FHSS),
Janindu Iddagoda (FMS) and
Shamika Kiriwaththuduwa (FAS).
Thisuri Fernando (FMS),
Lakhini Sashibhani (FAS),
Thilini Hendahewa (FAS),
Sayuri Senarathne (FAS),
Theshani Fernando (FMSC) and
Mihiliya Methsarani (FAS).
These two forces are not to be underestimated, as they are armed with very unique talents and prior
Tharaka Weerasinghe, the Captain of the Men’s team was a participant of the World University
Badminton Championship 2016 which was held in Russia.
He was followed by Lakhini Sashibhani, as a participant for 2017 World University Games which was
held in Chinese Taipei.
3 of the Women’s team members have been representatives from Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Games
Kavidi Sirimanna and Thilini Hendahewa for Badminton and Mihiliya Methsarani for Squash.
2 of the Women’s team members are ranked 1 st and 2 nd in National rankings of Badminton, 2017:
Thilini Hendahewa (1 st ), Kavidi Sirimanna (2 nd ).
Looking back at these records, can we be any prouder of our fellow brothers and sisters?!
The strength behind these personalities, the boost for their success should be brought under the spot light
without any further delay:
the Team Manager, Mrs. Nishanthi Widanage
the Team Coach, Mr. Chameera Kumarapperuma, and
the Team Instructor, Mr. Dilshan Priyadarshana.
The team wants to make this an opportunity to thank them for their endless support, facilities provided
and the provision of nutritional requirements. They would also like to extend their gratitude towards the
senior members of the team for their guidance.
The teams are aware that this is a challenge of maintaining their title and reputation of the university, but
we are here to say “Don’t fret, we will always have your back!”.
As the defending IUG 2017 Overall Badminton Champions, hang on to that positive mentality and team
spirit which will definitely take you place! Go Japura go!