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Senadhipathi unanimously elected President of SLABSA

Nissanka Senadhipathi and Asanga Senevirathne
Nissanka Senadhipathi and Asanga Senevirathne

Nissanka Senadhipathi was unanimously elected President to head the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball/ Softball Association (SLABSA), while Asanga Senevirathne was elected as the new Executive Vice-President at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday.

The AGM of the Sri Lanka Baseball Association was conducted virtually, signifying the first virtual AGM of a Sports Body in Sri Lanka.

Major (Rtd.) Nissanka Senadhipathi, a person who defines courage, discipline and determination, will embark on bringing in a wealth of experience in sports administration and promotion. He was the President of the Basketball Association and took Basketball to new heights, before taking over the reins of SLABSA. During his period, Basketball became one of the top sports in the country and he conducted many tournaments in Sri Lanka with the inclusion of foreign players, who are playing in Major League in Europe and USA.

With his leadership the SLABSA expects to rejuvenate the game to be one of the top sports in the country.

The newly elected committee for 2021 comprises seven new faces, including Asanga Seneviratne, who was the former President of Sri Lanka Rugby. Asanga was instrumental in the oval shaped ball surging ahead to reach great heights. During his tenure as the President Sri Lanka was ranked second in Sevens Rugby arena in Asia which was a unique achievement. Asanga is also the current Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and played Rugby for Sri Lanka, while being a reputed Cricketer produced by S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia.

The position of Secretary will be held by Flight Lieutenant Sanka Abeywickrama, and former Secretary Rajith Ratnayake will take on the responsibility of a Vice President with former Vice President Air Commodore Sujeevan Senarathne continuing to remain in the same position.

Manoj Fernando who has actively engaged in promoting Baseball in Sri Lanka over the last 35 years is promoted to take in the new position of Executive Vice President.

SLABSA conducted its first International Baseball tournament in Sri Lanka in 2019, which they won beating the higher ranked Pakistan. Sri Lanka Baseball team also took part in the Asian Games followed by the Asian Baseball Championships.

With a vision of expanding the game Island wide SLABSA conducted several coaching clinics in Kandy, Laggala and Matale. They also conduct a residential coaching camp for 80 coaches with the involvement of reputed coach and educator Andrea D’Auria with the support of the Solidarity Fund and NOC. (AN)