Last year’s overall champions Ratnapura District will be looking forward for a good display better standard to secure the title this year too as they will face tough opposition from the Puttalam, Kurunegala and Colombo Districts when the 22nd National Youth Sports Festival starts at the Jayatilleke ground, Nawalapitiya today.
The Youth Sports carnival which is expected to see over two thousand sportsmen and women in action is jointly organized by the National Youth Services Council, Youth Affairs Ministry and Sri Lanka Youth Clubs Federation.
The ceremonial opening will be held this morning under the patronage of Prime Minister D M Jayaratne, Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma, Sports Minister C B Ratnayake, Deputy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Central Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and NYSC Chairman and Director General Lalith Pium Perera. Minister Alahapperuma will mark the opening of the Jayatilleke ground which was renovated with a cost of Rs. 75 million, just before the opening ceremony of the games.