Buwaneka Goonethilake and Ranithma Liyanage crowned Badminton champs

70th National and 38th Junior National Badminton Championship


South Asian Medallist Buwaneka Goonethilake and 16-year-old Ranithma Liyanage won the most prestigious Singles titles in the Open Men’s and Women’s categories respectively in the 70th National and 38th Junior National Badminton Championship which concluded on Sunday (22nd January) in Colombo.

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Former Richmond College player Goonethilake defeated the 18-year old Peterite shuttler Viren Nettasinghe in two straight sets (21-18, 21-16) during the final to defend his crown.

However, the biggest story of the championship was Ranithma Liyanage, who hails from Christ Church Girls’ College, Baddegama as she stunned Madhushika Beruwalage from Seylan Bank in straight sets (21-8, 21-16) to clinch her maiden Open National Singles title.

Earlier, teenager Liyanage had won the Open Women’s Doubles title when she teamed up with Kavindi Sirimannage to beat Buthmi Galagamage and Madhushika Beruwalage in straight sets (21-9, 21-14) in the final.

Photos – 70th National & 38th Junior National Badminton Championships

Goonethilleka, teamed up with his regular partner Sachin Dias to beat Dumindu Abeywickrama and Ashinsa Herath 21-16, 21-11 in the Open Men’s Doubles final.

Then he went on to clinch his third title at this year’s Championships when he partnered with Kavindi Sirimannage in the Mixed Doubles as they beat Thulith Palliyaguru and ButhmI Galagamage 21-13, 21-15.

Over 1500 shuttlers from the entire country participated in the 70th National and 38th Junior National Badminton Championship in a week long competition.

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