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  • President’s Securirty Division Edge Out Special Task Force

    80th Sri Lanka Police Athletic Championship 2017 – Police Park, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo – concluded after 03 days

    1982 Athletes, 1039 Tug of War Competitors & 997 in the March Past 0f 33 Companies – a total of over 4000 participated at the event, representing 57 Divisions of the Sri Lanka Police, which is over 150 years old. Hon. Sagala Rathnayake – Minister of Law & Order & Southern Development participated as the Chief Guest. Inspector General of the Royal Malaysian Police Force – Tan Sri Dato Khalid Bin Aboobaker & Mrs. Putri Aboobaker were also present on the special invitation of the Inspector General of Police, Sri Lanka – Pujith Jayasundara & Mrs. Punya Jayasundara.

    Tug of War Champions –

    Women’s – Kelaniya
    Runners Up – Anuradhapura

    Tug of War Champions –

    Men’s – President’s Security
    Runners Up – Prime Minister’s Security

    Outstation Best Athlete –

    Women’s – WPC Nayana Deepaani Dissanayake – Anuradhapura Javelin Throw – 33.79 M
    Men-s – SI Chandrakumar Jeyakeethan – Trincomalee Javelin Throw – 55.63 M

    Best Performance in Throw Events –

    SI L B Kasun Maduranga – President’s Security Division Men’s Javelin Throw – 63.66 M

    Best Performance in Jump Events –

    WPC Sachithra Harshani Jayakantha – Prime Minister’s Security Division Women’s Long Jump – 5.53 M

    Best Performance in Track Events –

    WPC Sachithra Harshani Jayakantha – Prime Minister’s Security Division Women’s 200 M – 26.60 Sec

    Best Performance in Field Events – Women’s –

    WPC Sachithra Harshani Jayakantha – Prime Minister’s Security Women’s Long Jump – 5.53 M

    Best Performance in Field Events – Men’s –

    SI Rasal Mendis Rajakaruna – Special Task Force Men’s Long Jump – 6.78 M

    Best Performance in the Meet – Women’s –

    WPC P A Priyangika Kumari – Prime Minister’s Security Division Discus Throw – 34.06 M, Shot Put – 11.85 M

    Best Performance in the Meet – Men’s –

    SI R A Damith Hemantha Kumara – President’s Security Division 800 M – 01 min 56.40 sec

    Champion Athlete in the Meet –

    Women’s – WPC Sachithra Harshani Jayakantha – Prime Minister’s Security Division Long Jump – 5.53 meters Champion Athlete in the Meet – Men’s – PC R M Udara Dharshana Rajapakse – President’s Security Division 400 M – 49.10 seconds ( the F Knolleys Challenge Shield was awarded – this is the oldest Trophy/Shield/Cup on offer for Athletics in the country, presented since 1902 )

    Best March Past Company –

    IGP Challenge Cup – Special Task Force

    Overall Champion Outstation Team –

    Rockwood Challenge Cup – Kurunegala – 12 Points

    Champion Team –

    Women’s – Rudra Rajasingham Challenge Cup – Special Task Force – 140 Points

    Champion Team –

    Men’s – Dowbbigin Challenge Cup – President’s Security Division – 241 Points

    Overall Placings –

    05th – Police College, Kalutara – 40 Points
    04th – Field Force Head Quarters – 97 Points
    03rd – Prime Ministers Security Division – 98 Points
    Runners Up – Prime Minister’s Challenge Cup Special Task Force – 364 Points
    Champions – President’s Challenge Cup – President’s Security Division – 371 Points

    The Police Athletic meet was inaugurated in 1902 on the initiative of the 04th IGP, Major F. Knolleys & held at the former Race Course premises in Kurunduwatta. The Thimbirigasyaya land was acquired by the Police Department in 1912, during the tenure of IGP, Ivor Edward David. The Police Athletic Meet has been held at Police Park since 1925.

    Retired SI Ranjith Subasinghe’s Men’s 800 M record established in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Chrtistmas Day, 1983 is the only National Record remaining, held by a Past or Present Police Officer. I witnessed that feat covering the 06th South Asian Federation Games for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation media team. The oldest Meet Record is held by Retired SSP, Nimal Fernando who established the record in 1963 in the Men’s 400 M Hurdles event – 54 years ago. He was a Sub Inspector at the time, & held the National Record for the 440 yards from 1961 to 1965. Late Osmand De Silva the 13th IGP was a unique individual. He was the First Ceylonese as well as being the First Buddhist to be the Top Cop in the country. He held the National Records for 100 yds, 220 yds & 120 yds Hurdles together for two years. Late DIG Arthur C Dep held the National Record for the Men’s Pole Vault for 13 consecutive years – a feat not matched as yet by a Law Enforcer. These are a few legends we notice, as we peruse the Souvenir published for the occasion.

    Report assisted by DIG – Legal Range, Ajith Rohana – Chairman, Police Athletics, DIG, Priyantha Jayakody – Chairmen, Police Cycling, Tug of War & Media Liason Committees of the Meet 2017 & Member, Board of Editors – Souvenir 2017 & ASP Kamal Pushpakumara – Director – Police Sports.

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