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Federer retires after Laver Cup loss



A tearful Roger Federer waved goodbye to professional tennis after teaming up with fellow great Rafael Nadal on an emotional night at the Laver Cup.

The 41-year-old received a long ovation after walking off court for the final time as he retired as a professional.

The Swiss, who won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, is considered one of the best players in tennis history.

“It’s been a wonderful day. I’m happy, not sad. It feels great to be here. I’m happy I made it through,” he said.

Federer cried as he hugged Nadal and other players, then took acclaim from the thousands of fans who chanted his name at the O2 Arena in London.

Nadal also could not hold back the tears. The 36-year-old Spaniard cried as he sat alongside Federer while the pair listened to British singer Ellie Goulding, who rounded off a memorable night with a performance.

Federer and Nadal – for so long rivals at the top of the men’s game – joined forces to play doubles against American pair Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe in the annual team event between Europe and the rest of the world.

Despite Federer not having played competitively for over a year, the veteran duo pushed Sock and Tiafoe before losing 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 11-9 as Team World levelled at 2-2 at the end of play on the opening day.

Federer and Nadal – affectionately nicknamed ‘Fedal’ – almost won it. The pair had a match point at 9-8 in the decider, but Federer could only lunge for a forehand which he pushed into the net.

The defeat brought the former world number one’s 25-year professional career to a close after his 1,750th competitive match across singles and doubles.

“It’s been the perfect journey. I’d do it all again,” said Federer as tried to hold back tears during his on-court speech.

(BBC News)


SL women’s squad for ODI series against WI, announced




The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee selected the following 16-member Sri Lanka squad to play the ODI series against the West Indies. 

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad.

The ODI series will be played in MRICS, Hambantota, on the 15th, 18th, and 21st of June.

Squad : Chamari Athapaththu – Captain, Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi De Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoshi Fernando, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala

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Sri Lanka’s bodybuilding team shines in Maldives




Team Sri Lanka secured two gold medals and a bronze at the 14th South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship 2024.

Buddhika Prasanna clinched gold in the 180cm Athletic Physique category, while Sahan Dilruk brought in another gold in the Men’s Sports Physique 180cm category. Vishwa Tharuka meanwhile earned a bronze medal in the WBPF Sport Physique 175cm category. 

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Ali Sabry calls for comprehensive cricket reforms




Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, who also chairs the Cabinet Sub-Committee examining issues within Sri Lanka Cricket, has called for substantial reforms in the nation’s cricketing infrastructure. 

The statement follows recent disappointments in the ICC World Cup 2023 and ICC T20 World Cup, which Minister Sabry views as indicative of deeper, systemic problems.

Minister Sabry emphasized that these challenges cannot be resolved with short-term solutions. 

Instead, he advocates for a “bold, professional approach” to free Sri Lankan cricket from those who have mismanaged it for personal gain. “Cricket is the heartbeat of Sri Lanka,” Sabry noted, highlighting the sport’s historical role in uniting the nation and bringing joy and pride to its people.

Key Points from the Minister’s Statement:

Cricket’s National Importance : 

Sabry stressed that cricket is not merely a sport but a reflection of Sri Lankan national spirit. Success should be measured by on-field victories and the inspiration it brings to the populace, rather than financial metrics.

Need for Reform : 

As chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, Sabry underscored the urgent need for comprehensive reforms. He cited a report presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on January 1, 2024, which outlines a clear path forward for these reforms.

Legislative Changes :

The report recommends new legislation to overhaul the sports law and constitution governing Sri Lanka Cricket, a move seen as critical for the sport’s revival.

Sub-Committee’s Focus Areas:

1. Structural Reforms: Evaluating and proposing changes to the composition and structure of Sri Lanka Cricket.

2. Administration and Coaching: Enhancing the framework for administering, coaching, and ensuring the well-being of players across all levels, including national men’s and women’s teams, as well as under-19 and under-17 teams.

3. Good Governance : Implementing best practices to ensure transparency, professionalism, and accountability, benchmarking against successful systems in other test-playing countries.

4. Grassroots Development**: Revamping the feeder structure, including schools, district, provincial, and club-level cricket, to ensure meritocracy, equality, and equity.

Read the final report of the cabinet sub-committee 

Final report of the Cabinet… by Adaderana Online

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