Hockey Federation celebrates 70 years
The Hockey Federation of Sri Lanka is to celebrate its 70th anniversary on a grand scale in Matale under the patronage of Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. The celebrations are organized by the Matale Hockey Association with the assistance of the Rohana Dissanayake Foundation. The president of the Matale Hockey Association, Rohana Dissanayake said that it was fitting to hold the celebrations in Matale as it is known as the cradle of hockey in Sri Lanka. He further added that organizers have decided to felicitate past stickers who have rendered yeoman service to uplift the game of hockey. The celebrations will be done in three stages.
He added that steps will be taken set up a fund to for the benefit of the game and to develop the game from school level. They also have plans to arrange foreign teams to play in Sri Lanka with the aim of promoting hockey. He also said that arrangements are to be made to have close contacts with the world governing body and to get foreign coaches to train coaches and referees which would be of immense importance for the sport in Sri Lanka.