The International Schools Athletic Championship (ISAC), a brainchild of Late Dr. R T Alles, will see its 19th edition being worked out at the Sugathadasa Stadium, from the 15th to 17th February 2019.
Commenced in 2001, in an era where International school students were not allowed to participate in national events, ISAC has presently established itself as the flagship sporting event of the International schools’ calendar. The meet grants opportunity to the students of International Schools affiliated with The International Schools of Sri Lanka (TISSL) to showcase their talent in the field of athletics.
The ISAC is conducted in accordance with the competition rules and regulations of both TISSL as well as the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and will include electronic timing and measurements. The competition will see the participation of over 1500 athletes representing the 22-member institutions of TISSL, competing in 162 events across 5 age groups. They will be judged by 300 technical officials per the rules of the Amateur Athletic Association of Sri Lanka. Each competitor will also be given a unique Identity Card by TISSL for easy identification.
The 18th International Schools Athletic Championships (ISAC) 2018 concluded…
Inaugurated by the founder principal of Gateway College, late Mr. R I T Alles, Gateway College went onto host the first three editions of the meet with Lyceum College taking on the responsibility in the next three years. Since then the two institutions have alternated the responsibility of hosting the event in three-year terms, and this year will be a special occasion for Gateway College as it will be the 10th occasion the school will be hosting the esteemed championship.
Media Briefing Photos – ISAC 2019 Press Conference
Lyceum Wattala has been the most dominant competitor in the recent years, having led the overall medal tally for the past 9 years, but will face stiff competition from Gateway Colombo and Lyceum Nugegoda, who have routinely ended up in the second and third place respectively.
A sample collected from young sprinter Chelsea Melanie Benderage…
Speaking at the media briefing regarding ISAC 2019, Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman of ISAC 2019 and the Chairman of the Gateway Group, said “Over the years, ISAC has become an important event that not only breeds talented athletes but also showcases junior athletes of international repute. There is no doubt that the event is of national significance. Since the inaugural competition, the standard of Athletics among International schools has now reached national and international levels, providing much required competition at the highest levels. Athletes of the caliber of Shelinda Jansen, Sadeepa Henderson, Sachini Divyanjalee and Kavindu Bandara are few such examples who will be competing at the event.”
Watch this space as ThePapare.com will be bringing you previews, photos and reports of the 19th International Schools’ Athletic Championship.