Published: 24 February 2012
ThePapare.com, is a one of a kind sports website in Sri Lanka. Boasting of unprecedented coverage, live, and extraordinary reporting, the portal has become the popular go to vehicle for the sports fanatic in Sri Lanka.
ThePapare prides itself in dishing out news spontaneously and in vivid and unstinted detail. Ethical, and unbiased; striving to air both sides, taking utmost caution not to disrupt the workings of sport in the name of sensationalism. The website possesses links in every sporting unit, be it schools, clubs or national with the information umbrella even extending overseas.
Passion is at the helm of the TP modus operandi; run by a group of sports enthusiasts, some sportsmen themselves, the reporter’s zeal for sport super-exceeds that of the average media and it is possibly the essence, of ThePapare.com’s ability to deliver such robust and insightful news. The team, virtually working around the clock, make it their business to pounce on sporting news and deliver it instantly to the public. It is a lifestyle for the TP crew who would update the scores or write articles through any difficult or contorted situation. It is the intensity that has made the web abode such a compelling factor where the zeal of the writer conjugates with the craving of the reader and together they have sprung ThePapare.com into conglomerate of a different standing.
While previews, reviews, live streaming, updates, features, interviews, controversies, and specialist’s columns are some of the salient features, the flourishing forums and fan involvement is indeed the hallmark of ThePapare. The forums remain lively, knowledgeable and give the sports following a platform to air their views. A cross-section of Sri Lanka’s everybody from corporate hierarchy to sportsmen and women, administrators, coaches, schoolboys and parents visit the website regularly making it the epi-centre for sports in Sri Lanka.
Now in its plush new setting, this tingling web abode tries valiantly to breathe in life to sport, get to the heart of the matter and deliver news fresh and untainted in a homely, earthy manner. It constantly endeavours to engage the reader, saddle them to the expedition of creating a bustling information hub. Based on the concept ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’ the website has made itself a natural domain for sports integration where the fans themselves become contributors, reporters and harbingers of news.
With an average of 200,000 hits a month and a daily ballooning facebook membership which stands at over 63,000, ThePapare stands head and shoulders above the regular media in popularity. As sports enthusiasts almost always run out of time to keep abreast with their favourite sport, running to their pet portal to be updated is more than just a habit for most; it’s a life style.
The most clairvoyant aspect the crew emphasize is that they do not intend taking the journey alone and the website in their own words ‘is as much yours, as it is ours’, so the open invitation is write articles, send information, contribute and join the quest of putting Sri Lankan sports on the map
ThePapare.com is a most wholesome addiction – come get dependent
Published: 12 December 2012
The bunch that eat, breath and live sport....... We are small but attempt large, we are accused but stand tall, we are media but we are FOR Sri Lankan sports.........
Asith de Silva
Asith was co-owner of the site before the takeover by Dialog Axiata Plc. He heads ThePapare unit, functioning primarily in the strategic planning of the site. Blessed with the ability to calmly ascertain facts devoid of grandeur, he often points out the justification of any issue.
Technical is his forte and the back-end of the site is his ultimate responsibility. He also watches over all other technical aspects of the website. With a long back-ground in the field of IT and a B.Sc in IT, MBA &M.Sc (Network Computing) his expertise goes a long way to keep the site afloat and minus trouble; hacking and security issues.
Asith is a true diplomatic; a terrific listener and always gives ear to another’s opinion but quietly makes his own. He gets in the middle of many disputes and disagreements and is the final go-to guy for solutions.
Comfortable in his own skin, he is never being afraid to admit to what he does not know, being more than prepared to learn. He makes no bones about the fact that he is slightly clues about sports, and constantly gets it in the ribs for it, from his sports savvy mates.
Ravin De Silva
Ravin together with Asith were co-owners of the site. An enigma unto his own self and everyone else, Ravin is in charge of revenue and branding of the site. His strategies are always forceful and he impresses people with his knowledge of all around him.
Most disruptive at the Management meetings, he somehow manages to divert attention to some completely irrelevant subject. Meetings finish much faster when he is not around but he keeps everyone in splits when he is.
Ravin has a terrific ability to build partnerships as his form of PR is a strategy by itself and cause for amusement among the team. Has made some enemies for ThePapare categorically telling people what he feels. His marketing approach is to tell people to take a hike, if they are demanding more than their pound of flesh. Though he is qualified to do so, Marketing is the last thing anyone should allow him to do.
Ever willing, he ends up almost always taking on more than he can deliver but is an eager participant in all big coverage's and is disappointed if he is left out of things, loves to be in the thick of things…….
As editor-in- chief she is responsible for content and puts her hand into every other area of the site, continuing to be the back-bone of the site. The nag of the outfit; relentlessly pushing to complete tasks, ‘G’ tries her best to keep things organized in a chaotic ‘male’ environment. Writing cricket for over a decade and having contributed to all leading newspapers and websites, she has vast experience in sports media and is the only of her kind in the field.
Her penchant for dramatics is well known and depicted not only in her periodical tantrums to have her way, but in her article headings ‘minnows in a flash’ ‘many a slip between the cup and lip’ etc. Her piece ‘a tale of two friends’ an interesting articulation of the two stalwarts Sangakkara and Jaywardena was picked by Cricinfo as best of the web some years back. The sequel to this was ‘King and his knight’ a description of the duo’s partnership at the helm. However her personal favourite is ‘the man stood on the burning deck’ describing the great Aravinda de Silva in one of his moods.
Life is work; as her job keeps her on call 24/7 all days of the week. Her biggest challenge has been overcoming the man’s domain – ‘sport’. But following her instincts and adorning a very thick-skin has taken her through some very awkward moments.
Dishan De Saa
The go to man of the site, he is the jack of all seasons!! The Web Master, he has quickly mastered the expectations of site and contributes immeasurably and get involved in all aspects of the site. While his duties cover a wide range with administration & technical, the site back end, live streaming and detailing are his main area. Being the general watchdog while keeping all breast of happenings and changes and handles all TP events.
An ardent cricket fan, ThePapare crew are always versatile because of his fervent for sports. His vocabulary is a perfect copy of popular comedian ‘Chaminda Pusswedilla’ and often leaves the team confused as to what he is trying to say.
Dishan has become the nerve-centre of ThePapare and enough is not said about his contribution towards the site. Sheer passion for sports drove him to take a full time position at ThePapare.com
Hiran has firmly entrenched himself and a solid cog in the wheel. He has plunged himself into a robust work ethic getting involved in all aspects of the site. He is a top end photographer and graphic designer.
Passionate about sports, Hiran always managed to dedicate a generous amount of time to sports. He was a hockey player at his school St. Peter’s College and although he’s more into cricket he is also a fan of various types of sports such as hockey, football, rugby etc.
His passion for graphic designing and 3D animation grew when he was just a school boy and it prompted him to become a professional creative designer.An avid photography enthusiast, his camera is his constant companion in his daily life. Hiran has captured some dynamic and exciting moments of sporting events for the past few years.
He has a Higher National Diploma in Multimedia, a Diploma in photography and many other academic qualifications regarding creative designing. He is currently following a diploma on movie production and direction.
Hiran’s dearest ambition is to reach the zenith of creative designing and to use his skills and knowledge in future to distribute a strong image of sports to fans and non-fans alike.
Aravinda Ratnayake is the guru of lenses at ThePapare. A versatile photographer, he sets the standards for photography on the site. He is held in high-esteem by the rest and is the automatic choice for all top events. He is technically savvy and is always ready to assist anyone. He recently took up on videography and take care of all live streaming events.
In addition to sports photography he is also a professional wedding photographer who covers functions and fashion. His dedication and passion to the art has brought him many accolades and is a sort after photographer of today.
A full time IT professional, Aravinda is seen working on a job long after the rest of the group has given up.
He is an old boy of Vidyartha College. A question in everyone’s mind is why he does not go into full time photography.
The busy bee at ThePapare.com, Ameen is called upon for everything. His value addition to the site is immeasurable as he entangles himself in everything and anything. He is a top content provider for the site and is in charge of the Football. In addition to this he covers Cricket, Rugby and many other sports.
Ameen is super-passionate about any sport. He was a leading personality at Royal College being a Prefect and involved in a number of extra and co-curricular activities. He is also an ardent Arsenal supporter and rarely fails to watch a game.
Ameen has an infectious spirit showing tremendous enthusiasm in everything he puts his hand to. He is always at the top of his game and his endearing disposition makes it hard for anyone to find fault with him.
At present he is studying at Royal Institute and reading for a degree in Economics and Management and his ambition is to go into the Foreign Service.
Published: 26 May 2014
ThePapare.com has always been a by the people, for the people concept. We open yet another forum ‘Tell ThePapare’ to bring all your sporting concerns to us.
Unearth hidden talent by informing us of players with champion qualities or a team not receiving due recognition. ThePapare will surely highlight these on our site and where possible take matters to the authorities.
You can also inform us of your sporting events. Time and again ThePapare has called for this. Organizers, institutions, schools - send us your events, articles, photographs and we will surely publicize these on the website or we will send our reporters and photographers to cover events as best as possible.
This forum can also be used to report injustices and discrepancies with selections of teams, running of tournaments or any other matters.
Its basically ThePapare’s call to all sporting enthusiasts of Sri Lanka to join the bandwagon and help escalate the Sport of Sri Lanka