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Durayappah Stadium to be converted to football stadium

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa (third from left) made a visit to Durayappah Stadium in Jaffna to observe the present status of the Stadium. Also in the picture are Angajan Ramanathan, Jaffna District Development Committee Chairman and Member of Parliament, Thenuka Vidanagamage, State Minister of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Improvement, Mayor of Jaffna Emanual Arnold and netball player Tharjani Sivalingam.
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa (third from left) made a visit to Durayappah Stadium in Jaffna to observe the present status of the Stadium. Also in the picture are Angajan Ramanathan, Jaffna District Development Committee Chairman and Member of Parliamen

The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) and the football-loving public living in the North will be thrilled with the announcement of Durayappah Stadium in Jaffna to be exclusively converted to a fully-fledged Football Stadium by Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Namal Rajapaksa, who visited there yesterday.

One of the oldest stadiums in the country which was abandoned during the Civil War will be transformed and is likely to play a pivotal role in developing the world’s most popular game in the country.

The Sports Minister stated that he observed the shortcomings of the grounds and assured the public that he will work indefatigably to convert this property to become the cynosure of all eyes: to facilitate, to conduct, and develop the game from that region.

The minister was of the view that this stadium located in the Northern Province is a centralised location for developing sports.

“We are making arrangements to develop this ground for football. Sri Lanka is to host a professional Football League. We are also looking at laying a six-lane track in the next four years, including few fitness centres, which will be useful for the grounds and surroundings, too,” said the minister.

Afterwards, the Sports Minister and the delegation visited a basketball court in the same area. Angajan Ramanathan, Jaffna District Development Committee Chairman and Member of Parliament, Thenuka Vidanagamage, State Minister of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Improvement, Mayor of Jaffna Emanual Arnold, and netball player Tharjani Sivalingam accompanied the Minister. (AN)