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Default President of Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka Rohan Fernando

180 participants at 31st Rowing Nationals today

Sherifdeen Amath

The 31st National Rowing Championship, organised by the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka (ARASL), will be held from today till September 17 at the Diyawanna Rowing Centre (DRC) in Battaramulla.

The three-day regatta which is the only annual rowing event conducted at a national level, will see over 180 participants this year representing - Schools: S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Royal College, Ananda College, Ladies College, Musaeus College, Bishop’s College, Asian International School. Universities: University of Colombo, University of Moratuwa, Kotalawala Defence Academy. Clubs: Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club, Colombo Rowing Club and, Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Army representing the defence establishments competing for the coveted recognition in the sport.

The DRC, established on the banks of a 2km purpose built canal, is wide enough to race four boats abreast leaving space for one service lane. The DRC waterway meets FISA (the International Rowing Federation headquarters in Geneva) specifications to conduct local and international rowing competitions.

President of the Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka, Rohan Fernando said at the press conference, “Rowing is considered to be one of the healthiest sporting activities of all time. Having taken the sport to new and greater heights over the past few years, we at ARASL have always been focused on making this sport the finest in the country by generating interest and providing access for everyone to participate; be it as a hobby or at a championship level.

“While Sri Lanka is proving to be an ideal sporting arena for the youth in the country who engage in the sport rowing, we will continue to give them a platform to showcase their potential at national level which will also give them the due recognition of representing Sri Lanka at upcoming global events.

“The FISA and Asian Rowing Federation have also recognized Sri Lanka as a potential hub for South Asia and have offered several Asian rowing competitions to be conducted in Sri Lanka during 2017 and 2018 subject to establishing ancillary facilities for international participants,” he further added.

The ARASL is now looking to boost these activities further by establishing their headquarters at the allocated land on the banks of Diyawanna canal and initiate a rowing academy for anyone to learn and enjoy the most aerobic sport.

The Rowing Academy will be launched in October to provide anyone who would like to learn rowing and the second stage of development is to establish a physical training center with indoor rowers and strength training equipment, restaurant facilities and a viewing gallery.

The concluding ceremony will be held on September 17 and Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka participate as chief guest.

President of Amateur Rowing Association of Sri Lanka Rohan Fernando addressing the media at the Diyawanna Rowing Centre (DRC) in Battaramulla yesterday.Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe
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