Written by Staff Writer
13 Jan, 2014 | 10:17 pm
The selection tournament for Super Fighter commenced at Bandaranyake College in Gampaha on Monday. Super Fighter which promises TV audiences a whole new experience in reality TV is a joint initiative of MTV and MBC media networks and MAS Holdings.
The aim of Super Fighter is to introduce talented young boxers from across the country to the national and international arena. Former medal winning athlete Damayanthi Dharsha and cricketer Nuwan Kulasekera participated at the inauguration of the first round of selection matches held at Bandaranayake College in Gampaha on Monday.
These are some of the views made regarding Super Fighter
Principal of Gampaha Badnaranayake College, Lal Dissanayake
“As a country we are at a position where our people are not healthy. What is this well-being dependent on? We must discuss all these things with the media. The media has become our life today. In such a time-frame we are now able to instill these values in the people through the media itself. Our children are truly fortunate to be able to be the first to experience this.”
Finance Director of MAS Intimates, Ruwan Keragala
” It is not children who eat sausages that become boxers. Children from the village who eat jak and breadfruit become boxers. If we govern boxing from Colombo, we will only see the children in Colombo. This will be taken to the 25 districts of Sri Lanka in 16 phases. We will go to Killinochchi. We will go to Hambantota, We will go to Trincomalee. We will go everywhere.”
Director of Newsfirst -TV, Dharmasri Ekanayake
“Sirasa introduced reality TV to the country. There may be various views regarding this. But we are not people who take a step backwards or stop something that we started. When we gathered athletes to the Buddhadasa Grounds in Battaramulla and held a competition to see who the fastest soft ball bowler was, no one thought that he would come to the international stage and become a test cricketer. We have this pride too.”
A training camp was also held prior to Monday’s selection matches which are being held under the supervision of the Sri Lanka Amateur Boxing Association and the Sri Lanka Schools Boxing Association.
The training camp for which more than 300 aspiring boxers signed up was steered by R.K. Indrasena. The Super Fighter program was introduced to the participants at this training camp.
The boxers who will qualify for the final 100 in the four weight classes for Super Fighter from the Gampaha District will be selected on Tuesday.
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