Inter Regiment Volleyball Championship and Inter Battalion Netball Championship which are annual features in the sports calendar organized by the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force was ceremonially commenced on 23 June 2017 at Indoor Stadium National Youth Centre Maharagama graced by Brigadier WHD Mahanada Deputy Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as the Chief Guest.
The Chief Guest, after being warmly welcomed was heralded to the Stadium preceded by an elegant procession. Afterwards, Volunteer Force Flag and the Sports Flag were hoisted by the Chief Guest and Brigadier LF Kasthuriarachchi respectively and a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the Fallen War Heroes. After the meet was declared open by the Chief Guest, Oath of the players was read by 2/Lt KRKT Malinda SLLI.
Oath of the Judges was read by a veteran judge Mr. TC Hewa The players of the volleyball teams were introduced to the Chief Guest by the Sports Officer Lieutenant Colonel SAM Subhasinghe at the Opening Ceremony prior to begin the scheduled first matches of the day.
21 men’s teams and 06 women’s teams are contesting for the Volleyball Championship 2017 whereas another 05 women’s teams represent the respective Battalions for the Netball Championship 2017 which aims at promoting sportsmanship and enhancing esprit de corps among the Regiments and Battalions while producing players to the national level sports.
The Closing Ceremony of the Netball and Volleyball Championships will be held on 25 June at the same venue.
Brigadier WHD Mahanada, Brigadier K Premathilake RWP RSP Principal Staff Officer, Brigadier LF Kasthuriarachchi Inspector of Training, Colonel RLC Fernando Brigadier Logistics, Colonel MGANB Mahathuwakkara RWP RSP Colonel General Staff Branch, Colonel Administration Colonel LBDHS Laxman, Officers and sports personnel and other members of the Volunteer Force attended the occasion.