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Sri Lanka Holds National Youth Sports Festival Despite Rain
    2008-11-30 14:23:01     Xinhua

Sri Lanka's 20th National Youth Sports Festival is being held in the southern town of Beliatta despite rainy weather, local media reported on Sunday.

Over 2000 sportsmen and women have gathered in Beliatta of the Southern Province for the event and a grand opening ceremony was held on Friday.

Heavy rains that came down in the morning put the organizers into disarray on Saturday, and they had to wait till around 2 p.m. (0830 GMT) to commence the games proper, the Sunday Observer newspaper reported.

On Saturday, A. Kaushalya of the Kalutara District cleared 4.89 meters to place first in the women's long jump.

T. Anusha of Vavuniya set a new meet record in the discus throw, under 20 age group, for a distance of 38.35 meters.

The festival is the country's top sports event which includes 13 track and field events and six team games covering volleyball, Kabbadi, Elle, cricket, football and netball. It is organized by the Sri Lanka National Youth Services Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs.

This year's festival was originally scheduled to be held in Badulla, the capital of the nearby Uva Province, but due to fears of rain the venue was shifted to Beliatta. However the rain came down with flashes of lightning in Beliatta too.

Thundershowers are predicted for the remaining two days of the competition and it is doubtful that any events will be able to be completed, reported the Sunday Times newspaper.



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