Exciting & Glittering 'Colours Night - 2017/2018' Felicitates Army
[July 21 2019]
One of the much-anticipated and prestigious projects
of the Sri Lanka Army, 'Colours Night - 2017/2018' that recognizes and
acclaims exceptional skills of Army sportsmen and women, glittered in
the Nelum Pokuna auditorium Friday (19) evening in the presence of a
gathering of distinguished invitees, including the Minister of
Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, Defence Secretary,
Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy,
Commander of the Air Force and several other distinguished invitees.
A representative group of those Army sportsmen and
women who excelled at formation, inter-regiment, regimental, defence
services, national and international levels during the years 2017 &
2018, received laurels and were felicitated in the mammoth and colourful
ceremony that included a variety of cultural feats of high standards. A
selected crowd of 125 achievers who have earned Gold, Silver and Bronze
medals, representing 41 fields of sports were awarded laurels during the
event and the remainder is to be distributed later at regimental level 'Colours
During the first leg of the awarding ceremony, Best
Para Sportsman, Best Sportsman and Best Sportswoman in the years 2017
and 2018 were awarded laurels and cash awards to the value of Rs.
500,000/= each by the day's Chief Guest, Hon. Minister of
Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports, Harin Fernando and
Defence Secretary, General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda after both of them
were ushered by the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh
Senanayake to the stage.
Lighting of the traditional oil lamp, observance of a
two-minute silence in honour of fallen War Heroes, recital of the Army
song, followed by eye-catching entertaining cultural and dancing feats,
coloured the evening and added a flavour of magnificence and dignity.
Major General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Staff delivered the welcome
speech and extended greetings for gracing the occasion.
A newly-composed song dedicated to the Army Sports was
also played on the occasion, together with a video documentary that
screened the history of Army sports and its achievements right
During the ceremony four veteran sportsmen were
awarded laurels and cash awards to the value of Rs. 200,000/= each by
the Defence Secretary. At the same occasion, Sergeant J.A.C Lakmal of
Commando Regiment and Lance Corporal M.W.T Samanmali of Sri Lanka Army
Women's Corps were awarded as the Best Sportsman 2017 and the Best
Sportswoman 2017 respectively while Sergeant H.M.D.P Herath of Gajaba
Regiment was awarded Colours as the Best Para Sportsman in Para Sports
events, both at home and abroad.
Similarly, Sergeant M.V.I.R.S Bandara of Sri Lanka
Engineers, the Best Sportsman 2018 and Lance Corporal K.M.P.K Liyanage
of Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps, the Best Sportswoman 2018 were awarded
while Lance Corporal W. Amila Prashan of Sri Lanka Light Infantry as the
Best Para Sportsman was also awarded Colours appreciating their multiple
skills in Para Sports events, both at home and abroad.
The ceremony awarded Colours to those excelled in
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Billiard & Snooker,
Carom, Boxing, Cricket, Cycling, Elle, Gymnastics, Netball, Para Games,
Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabbadi, Karate, Motor Sports, Weight-Lifting,
Power-Lifting and Body Building, Rowing, Shooting, Soccer, Squash,
Swimming & Water Polo, Parachuting, Rugby Football, Tennis, Table
Tennis, Tae-kwondo, Wrestling, Wushu and Volleyball.
Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and
Sports, Hon Harin Fernando and Defence Secretary, General (Retd) Shantha
Kottegoda, former Commander of the Army, General (Retd) C.S Weerasooriya,
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Chief of
Staff, Major General Shavendra Silva, Commandant, Sri Lanka Army
Volunteer Force, Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage also joined in to
award Colours to the achievers. The vote of thanks was raised by
Director General Sports Major General Anura Sudasinghe as curtains fell
Senior Officers, Sports Ministry officials, Officers
and spouses, retired Senior Officers, relatives of laureates,
sportsmen/women and a large gathering of distinguished invitees
witnessed the event.