We knew we were going to win

''SLUG was a hoax”.

You better watch your mouth hypocrite. J’Pura has done it again.

After months of shear dedication of athletes, officials and supporters, University of Sri Jayawardenapura has achieved the rare TREBLE, winning the overall championship of the Inter University Games for a third consecutive year.

MoraSpirit caught up with Nuwan Niroshana, J’Pura Sports Council Co President, Cricket team captain and former rugby vice-captain for a small interview.

Q: What were your plans at the beginning of the year?
A: We had a simple plan to win men’s championship, women’s championship and grab the overall championship. We wanted to win first places in more sports than last year. We also wanted all our sport teams to enter the semifinal stage in their respective competitions.

Q: Was it a mere belief or were you truly expecting the championship, given the competitiveness of the competition?
A: We knew we were going to win. We were the overall champions for the last 2 years. And we had strong teams who practiced from day one.

Q: Which teams surprised you and over performed this year?
A: Hockey women’s team, Taekwondo men’s and women’s teams and especially the badminton men’s team. Their unexpected performances boosted our morale.

Q: Who were the best performing players from your contingent?
A: We had the luxury to field some of the best athletes in the island. Sumedha Ranasinghe – Sri Lankan record holder for men’s javelin throw, Buddika amarasinghe - Asian club champions league gold medal in Chess, Danushka Sadaruwan – 43rd National Sports Festival long jump silver medalist, Dilshan Priyadarshana and Chamika Yasas – represented the national baseball team at the Asian Baseball Championship, Thilini Promodika and Kavidi Sirimanna - national badminton number 1 and 2, participated in world university games and women’s double quarterfinal selected.

Q: What will be your plan for 2018?
A: Championship. We have already started practices for all sports.

Those were the answers of a happy and a confident man. Other teams may come hard at them next year, but they might need a herculean performance to drag this J’Pura team down.
They have cemented their position as the modern powerhouse in university sports. It’s time to savor the moment.

Article by: Archanath Dickwella
Edited by: Kasuni Harshika
Sponsored by: Millennium IT

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