Track and field events are games which afford evidence to the running, throwing and jumping excellence of the sportsmen. Most of the times they offer a fine platform to assess individual flairs rather than team efforts. In 2017 Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksha grounds became a breeding territory to unleash such talents and the sportsmanship of the burgeoning young undergraduates.
Fuelling the amity amid students from 15 universities sited throughout the country, track and field events were held on the 27th and the 28th of May successfully. Although it was a tough fight to win over the championship, at the end of the day University of Sabaragamuwa was crowned first while University of Sri Jayawardenapura was placed the 1st runners up followed by University of Colombo being the 2nd runners up of the track and field events. Overall men’s championship was seized by University of Sri Jayawardenapura and University of Sabaragamuwa and University of Colombo were ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively. University of Sabaragamuwa was weaponed with enough sportswomen to earn the overall women’s championship while the ladies from University of Kelaniya and University of Peradeniya put up a worthy show and ended up being the 1st and the 2nd runners up respectively. It should be noted that even amidst occasional showers and the blazing sun, the true passion of the youngsters to thrive lingered unaffected until the last moment which paved the way for the successful conclusion of the track and field events at the Diyagama Mahinda Rajapakshe Grounds.
Turning another interesting chapter of the Inter University Games 2017, the sport of the gentlemen: men’s cricket championship commenced on the 3rd of June which was successfully held on the 3rd, 4th and 10th of June at cricket grounds of Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Colombo and Moratuwa. 8 universities joined in combat for the trophy in quarter finals on the 3rd and the 4th where four of them succeeded namely the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, University of Colombo, University of Jaffna and University of Rajarata. Although certain disturbances fell in the way owing to rain, the matches were well conducted in accordance with the schedule.
Allowing the cricket fever spread its wings, semi-final matches were held on Saturday, 10th of June at the University of Colombo and University of Moratuwa grounds. The victorious teams from Colombo, Sri Jayawardenapura, Jaffna and Rajarata revealed their utmost strengths in an endeavour to make their way towards the grand finale. At the end the day filled with cricket enthusiasm, everyone joined hands to congratulate University of Sri Jayawardenapura and University of Jaffna who managed to jump over the final hurdle giving life to the growing aspirations of the cricket lovers to witness another wonderful game in the finals of the men’s cricket championship.
11th June turned out to be a special day for University of Jaffna which host the weightlifting championship of the Inter University Games. Competitions were led under the weight categories 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg and 105kg. University of Peradeniya became the undisputed weightlifting champs earning a total of 22 marks while University of Jaffna secured the 2nd place with 15 marks and University of Ruhuna became 3rd having 11 marks on the board.