The selection panel of Sri Lanka Basketball Federation (SLBF) has put out a strong 15 member pool for the upcoming SABA Championship in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The pool is a good mixture of youth and experience and should fare well in the SABA Championship.

Clinton Stallone of Sri Lanka Navy will captain the side.

The squad contains two schoolboys in Yoganathan Simron from Angel International School, Jaffna and Shehan Fernando of St. Joseph A total of 60 players attended trials and the squad was pruned to 15 after the selection process was completed.

Yogananthan Simron Angel International School, Jaffna

Asanka Mahesh Rajakaruna SL Navy

Dasun Nilantha Mendis Ministry of Education

Praneeth Udumalagala FairFirst Insuarance Ltd

Nimesh Fernando DFCC Bank

Sasindu Dilshan Gajanayake SL Army

Shehan Fernando St. Joseph’s College, Colombo

Clinton Stallone SL Navy

Thimothi Nithushan Commercial Credit and Finance PLC

Shehan Udayanga Perera FairFirst Insuarance Ltd

Gayan de Croos Commercial Credit and Finance PLC

Arnold Brent ESOFT Metro Campus

Pawan Gamage SL Army

Chanuka Shehan Fernando DFCC Bank

Rukshan Athapaththu University of Moratuwa

The Basketball Federation of Sri Lanka singed the ‘Safe Sport’ policy in sport mooted by the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee at the NOC SL headquarters on October 12.

By signing this groundbreaking agreement, the SLBF is hoping to make the sport safe for the athlete and make the scope wider for participation. Explaining their stance newly elected SLBF President Aelian Gunawardena said “Basketball like any other sport particularly a sport that is played amongst females as much as males require that the players are kept safe when it comes to the coaching staff, management staff and the parents. Essentially it has to be safe place for all participants.

“It also has to be safe among the players as well. You have to be mindful of seniors bullying the juniors and harass them in other ways. It is important that it has to be a safe place for the juniors to be in the sport. I noticed this even in schools the younger players may be qualified to play along with the seniors, but are weary owing to the said reasons. But if there are is a laid down policy which spells the way that a player or anyone connected to the team could be penalised through the federations to the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka it might be a good way of making feel safer and I believe this is the whole purpose of it. Then even there is a predator they would be mindful and back off”.

Gunawardena said that he was elected to the chair two months ago and one of the very first acts of the new body was to appoint a new code conduct taking salient points from institutions like the NOC SL and other sports bodies. He said that when there is a policy laid down on paper there is a mechanism to address particular situations.

The picture shows NOC SL Women’s Committee Chairperson Niloo Jayathilaka handing over the “Safe Sport” policy MOU to SLBF President Aelian Gunawardena. Also seen in the picture are Chandana Liyanage (NOC SL Assistant Secretary and Secretary SLBF) and Suresh Subramaniam (President NOC SL) (Picture by Kandula Yatawara NOC SL)

While it is set up for 3x3, we have set the Backstops on both sides so that we can use both rings when required.

The Hon. Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa, Mahela Jayawardene Chairman Sports Council and Amal Edirisuriya DG Sport have been instrumental in offering this location to Sri Lanka Basketball and provided the SLBF with a facility to place a Backstop Indoor too