The 2nd, 9th and 10th of February marked the occurrence of the most anticipated sporting extravaganza
among the youth of Sri Lanka as The Rotaract Champions League returned for its 5
The event, which was held at the Royal Sports Complex, CR & FC Futsal Courts and the University of
Colombo grounds brought together Rotaractors from all across the Island with the singular aim of using
sports as an instrument to prevent conflict and promote peace and conflict resolution.
With a participation by over 1,200 Rotaractors from 57 clubs representing the Northern, North Western,
Central, Uva and Western provinces of Sri Lanka, the tournament featured an array of sports, both
indoors and outdoors which included Badminton, Carrom, Chess, Table Tennis, Futsal on Day 1, and
Cricket, Tag Rugby, and Basketball on Day 2 and Track and Field and Tug of War on the final day.
At the end of the three days full of friendly rivalry, camaraderie, and sportsmanship the championship
shield was awarded to Rotaract Club of Excellence while the Rotaract Clubs of General Sir John
Kotelawala Defence University and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology secured the positions
of 1 st and 2 nd runners up respectively.
The event also marked the unveiling of the Adhil Bakeer Makar Memorial Shield in memory of the late Adhil Bakeer Markar who was an inspiring future leader and the official Sri Lankan Youth delegate who represented Sri Lanka at the 68th United Nations General Assembly. Fadhil Bakeer Makar who was present at the event lauded the efforts of Rotaractors stating “In this day and age where we see a lot of issues around in our society, sports is a wonderful way of bringing all people together.”
The vision of DRR Rtr. IPP Amjath Yoosuf was precisely the same, to utilize sports as a tool to promote peace and social cohesion fighting against exclusion and marginalisation prevailing in the society and pave the opportunity for Rotaractors to inspire the future through their exemplary conduct. It was achieved, it was proved and endorsed by the words of those who were present at the event.
“It is important to keep the mind and body physically fit and I am particularly happy to see clubs from Jaffna, Kandy, and Colombo together to show the fellowship of Rotaract” were the words of District Rotaract Committee Chairperson – Rtn. PHF Sathiyeandra Tharmakularajasingham who shared his thoughts after witnessing the Rotaractors bond over sports bringing forth hope for a future filled with peace and
RCL is more than medals, shields, and glory. It’s the epitome of fair play and sportsmanship which as an event keeps getting bigger and better year after year. After witnessing the inspiring and contagious energy of the Rotaractors this year, Youth Service chair of RID 3220 Rtn. PHF G. S. Sylvester proposed to take RCL 2020 to an international level by inviting overseas Rotaract clubs to form an even more remarkable event that promotes peace, social cohesion and global unity through sports.
Sports have a notable history of bringing together people of different backgrounds and ideologies for a shared moment of unadulterated joy and solidarity. RCL illustrates this very point in undiminishing detail each year. As the curtain falls on RCL 2019, Rotaractors are already left with great excitement for that of the incoming year, which will surely prove to be as, if not more, eventful than the one that passed.