Incepted in 1976, this year, the Travel Trade Sports club, under the leadership of its 20th president – Mr. Prabath Harshakumar – celebrates its 40th year.
To commemorate this milestone, the TTSC called for a press conference yesterday, 1st June, at the Cedar Room, Cinnamon Grand. Graced by the main board – the president Mr. Harshakumar, immediate past President Mr. Dinesh Silva, vice presidents Mr. Anil Hapugoda and Mrs. Bonita Odayar and the general secretary Mr. Anushka Perera, this discussed the progress that the Club has made throughout its long existence.
Starting small, the Travel Trade Sports Club was formed with the intention of handling only two sports: hardball cricket and football. In the span of forty years, the club has spread its wings by venturing into more sports such as beach volleyball, carom, archery, pool, swimming, badminton, table tennis, motor rallying, netball and tap rugby. It now stands tall as the only sporting body in Sri Lanka that organises twelve or more sports events within a year.
Addressing the media, the president of the organisation, Mr. Harshakumar thanked its 147 members of various hotels, airlines and stationed management companies and the media for their partnership and support. He presented to the audience how the TTSC wishes to fulfil its objective of bringing together organisations involved in the travel industry through healthy competition and camaraderie to improve the standard of sports in the country, to their utmost capabilities by the many events scheduled for this year. The first event was the Carom tournament concluded in April and next on the calendar will be the Archery Tournament sponsored by Yenesha Travels on the 10th of June at the Colombo Archery School.
In celebration of the Golden Jubilee, Mr. Harshakumar spoke of the revived addition of table tennis and motor rallying events and the club’s hopes to witness its cricket team on tour competing overseas as they had previously in their history.
Following is the line-up of the events to be organised by the Travel Trade Sports Club in the future:
|Archery||10th June 2016||Colombo Archery School||Yenesha Travels|
|Bowling||July 2016||Strikes Cosmic||Amaya Resorts|
|Pool||August 2016||Excel World||Yenesha Travels|
|Badminton||4th Sep 2016||S. Thomas’ Mt. Lavinia||Serendib Leisure|
|Table Tennis||4th Sep 2016||S. Thomas’ Mt. Lavinia||Villuxur|
|Softball Cricket||11th Sep 2016||Colts CC/Shalika Grounds||Aitken Spence|
|Hardball Cricket||15th October 2016||Thurstan College Grounds||Cinnamon Hotels|
|Beach Tap Rugby||October 2016||Mt. Lavinia Beach||Walkers Tours|
|Motor Rally||October 2016||Colombo|
|Soccer 7s||January 2017|
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