Sri Lanka national federation launch book “Volleyball Then and Now”
Though the book is written primarily for a Sinhalese speaking audience, the chapter discussing international volleyball is in English. The picture captions in the book have also been translated into English where possible. The book will be distributed to schools and libraries free of charge.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, Mr Mahidananda Aluthgamage said that volleyball was a good example of a sport that has taken hold at the grass roots level and in the villages. Noting the responsibility of the federation to popularise the game and bring it up to international standards, Mr Alithgamage said, “We must try hard to create a generation of sport loving people in Sri Lanka in the future.”
Dilan Perera, President of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation, praised the author saying, “Volleyball has progressed so much through the dedicated work done by Susil Ranasinghe.”
Sri Lanka has experienced an expansion in the popularity of the game over the past years, with the number of participating teams in the tournaments having increased to over 5,000.
Following the book launch there was also a ceremony where the national veteran volleyball players who took part in the South Asian Games from 1950 to 1991 were presented with trophies to commemorate their service to the country.