The Sri Lankan University Games – SLUG is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Sri Lankan University calendar that has been held triennially from 1980. The university sporting community call it as the ‘Mini Olympics‘ which provides the young undergraduate students a great opportunity to prove themselves highly talented not only in academics, but also in the sporting arena.
At present, in the SLUG during its course, 35 events are held under 22 sporting categories. The University of Colombo has won the highest number of championships in the SLUG history, with seven champion trophies, while the University of Peradeniya next on the list with three trophies.
The 11th Sri Lanka University Games was hosted by the University of Moratuwa; from the 2nd to the 12th of May. The universities which took part in this sports festival were the University of Colombo, University of Peradeniya, University of Moratuwa, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Kelaniya, University of Jaffna, University of Ruhuna, Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, South Eastem University of Sri Lanka, Univeristy of Visual & Performing Arts and Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka.
This year nineteen Medical Students from the University of Jaffna took part in SLUG 2013. From 31st Batch; Mr. R. Archuna (Basketball) & from 32nd Batch; Mr. T. Abarajithan & Mr. A. Dinesh (Badminton), Miss. S. Thuvaraga (Table Tennis), Mr. N. Gowcikan (Carrom) and Mr. J. Jeyaraja (Chess-men) took part.
Mr. K. Achutan (Cricket), Mr. B.Paul Bright (Hockey), Mr. U. Chalaka Wijesinghe (Volleyball), Mr.T. Sanchayan and Mr. S. Nisanthan (Chess-men) and Miss. P. Suwama (Chess-women) from 33rd batch took part.
From 34th batch; Mr. K. Sanjeevan (Badminton), Mr. V. Paramanathan (Badminton) & Mr. S. Sivakanesan (Chess-men) participated.
From 35th batch; Miss. B. Aranee & Miss. S.Krishanie (Chess-women), Miss.L. Logioa (Netball) and Mr. P. Abiharan (Basketball & Athletic-High Jump-men) participated in the event.
The Jaffna University football team became the champion by winning the final challenge against the University of Moratuwa scoring 4:1. They were able to win the all six matches played throughout the slug 2013. While speaking the Captain of University of Moratuwa football team mentioned that “UOJ football team is a very strong team. Some of their players have surpassed university level and they have reached professional level”. The Jaffna University have become the football champions for the third time since 2009. The Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University Prof. Vasanthi Arasaratnam said that football players have made the University to feel proud.
The Hockey team, for the first time of Jaffna university history had become the Runner-up in SLUG 2013 while Mora became the champions. J’pura became the 2nd runner-up by winning the Consolation Final against Kelaniya. In the past the University of Jaffna had become 2nd runner-up in 1981 and 1982. The UOJ hockey team qualified to play the seminal in the years 1978, 1980, 1995, 2000 & 2004. This time in SLUG 2013 the team has proven its strength by winning the runner up medals. This is expected to be a good start for the Jaffna hockey team, starting with silver.
The gold medal for men’s high jump was won by our university student Mr. E. Jeyaruban who made a record of 1.80m height. The bronze for the event was won by Mr.P.Abiharan, a fresher, from 35th batch who recorded a 1.77m height.
The Basketball-Men, Basket ball-Womcn and Elle-Women teams were able to reach up to the Quarter ﬁnal level. Jaffna University students from other faculties won silver and bronze medals in karate (kata) and weightlifting
SLUG 2013 brought together young men and women from all over the island, forging new bonds through the shared experiences, while providing a platform for young athletes and encouraging the growth of university sports. It is indeed a memorable life time event for all the university students who took part.
We thank all who contributed for the success of SLUG 2013. Jaffna University will hold the 2016 Sri Lanka University mini-Olympics, held once in three years among universities.
This article by B. Paul Bright (Faculty representative/sports council) was appeared in the First MSU Newsletter published in September 2013.