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250 female athletes in SL for ‘Raid Amazones’ 

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Over 250 female athletes arrived in Sri Lanka for the challenging ‘Raid Amazones’ adventure event that will take place in March 2023 in Sri Lanka.

Raid Amazones will hit the fabled streets of the hill capital, Kandy with the participation of over 250 female athletes. 

Raid Amazones is a coveted annual destination adventure event originating from France, which features female athletes competing their way through a range of challenges such as orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, riding, running and archery. 

Sri Lanka was chosen over rival destinations by the event’s founders due to the unparalleled warmth of its people and support on ground to pull off a successful event. Their decision is also down to SriLankan Airline’s tireless marketing efforts to secure the popular trail on successive occasions for Sri Lanka in its hour of need for international tourism support. 

During the 21st edition of the trail, the participants will be able to connect with a potpourri of natural and historical highlights as they trek through the Kandyan plateau in Central Sri Lanka.

Their journey, though, would begin from the moment that they step onboard SriLankan Airlines to fly from Paris to Colombo, on an aircraft with custom livery dedicated to Raid Amazones 2023. 

Named as a UNESCO world heritage site, Kandy, the iconic setting of Raid Amazones 2023, is renowned for two of the most recognizable cultural symbols that define Sri Lanka. 

The first one is the Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, which, as the name suggests, houses the Tooth Relic of the Gauthama Buddha, and is considered the epitome of Kandyan architecture.

The second, being the ‘Kandy Esala Perahera,’ which adorns the livery of the aircraft that will fly down the athletes.  Believed to be one of the longest continuing processions in the world, the ‘Perahera’ that takes place in August every year, dates back to the 310 A.D. It is a rich cultural display and a collection of symbolism of lore and traditions.

SriLankan Airlines partnered Raid Amazones in 2022 soon after recommencing operations to Paris. 

SriLankan Airlines, together with Connaissance de Ceylan, the official ground handling partner of the event, will go all out to ensure that the French group experiences the best in Sri Lankan hospitality. 

The airline and Sri Lanka are likely to gain over EUR 10 million worth of publicity globally from the 21st edition this year. 

‘Raid Amazones’ will especially help create more awareness of Sri Lanka as an adventure travel hotspot in France and the rest of Europe, where Raid Amazones is sought-after, and attract adventure-seekers.

(newsfirst.lk)

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LPL terminates Dambulla Thunders franchise with immediate effect

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The Lanka Premier League (LPL) announces the termination of the Dambulla Thunders franchise, effective immediately. 

This decision follows recent developments concerning the franchise’s ownership and the legal issues faced by Tamim Rahman, Founder of Imperial Sports Group.
While the specifics of the charges against Mr. Rahman remain unclear, the integrity and smooth functioning of the Lanka Premier League are of utmost importance. This termination aims to uphold the values and reputation of the LPL, ensuring that all participants adhere to the highest standards of conduct and sportsmanship.

The LPL management is working diligently to address the consequences of this termination and to ensure minimal disruption to the upcoming season.

The LPL remains committed to delivering an exciting and competitive tournament and will take all necessary steps to maintain the league’s integrity and success.

“We are committed to the highest standards of transparency and professionalism and will continue to support all our teams, players, and fans during this transition.” LPL rights holder IPG group chairman Anil Mohan said.

(srilankacricket.lk)

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Dambulla Thunders team owner remanded (Update)

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The owner of Lanka Premier League (LPL) Franchise, Dambulla Thunders, Tamim Rahman has been remanded after being arrested at the Katunayake Airport today.

The Colombo Magistrate’s Court has remanded the British citizen of Bangladesh origin, until May 31.


(Previous News on 22nd May, 2024 at 04:48pm)

Dambulla Thunders team owner arrested

A Bangladeshi national with British citizenship, who is also a team owner of the Dambulla Thunders in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), was arrested today at Bandaranaike International Airport.

The arrest was made by the Special Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Offenses Relating to Sports at the Sports Ministry, over allegations of match-fixing.

However, the exact charges against the LPL team owner are not yet clear whether it’s related to LPL or any other tournament.

The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption team was present at the Lanka Premier League auction held in Colombo yesterday.

The arrested LPL team owner is expected to be produced before a magistrate’s court today.

(NewsWire)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by NewsWire has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Matheesh becomes most expensive player in LPL history

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The player auction of the Lanka Premier League 2024 commenced at the Hilton Hotel in Colombo earlier today (May 21).

Out of the 420 players, 154 are Sri Lankans, while the remaining players are overseas.

Sri Lanka pacer Matheesha Pathirana became the most expensive player in the LPL history as the player was sold for a whopping USD 120,000 in the auction.

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