“It is action that creates motivation.” —Steve Backley

Sports build relationships, allowing members the opportunity to spend time with their friends, get new experiences, work hard together, and compete in a healthy way against each other. By participating in sports, anyone can strengthen existing friendships and create new ones.

Hence, “CARROMANIA 2.0” was an initiative by the Sports and Recreational Activities Avenue of the Rotaract Club of University of Sri Jayewardenepura to provide an ideal chance for carrom lovers to enjoy themselves while taking home cash prizes. The main purpose of the project was to strengthen the friendship and connection of the Rotaractors through a Carrom tournament. The fact that this tournament was open not only to undergraduates of University of Sri Jayewardenepura but also to Rotaractors from other Universities is a remarkable aspect of the project.

The tournament was held on the 18th of February 2023 and it was set at the gymnasium of the university, opening the door to anyone who wanted to participate could sign up that day. After completing the registration process, the forty-four registered attendees were divided into twenty-four teams. The games then began, and they continued until the afternoon.

It was visible that every player made precise movements while playing, allowing their critical thinking skills to flow freely. There were no weaker or stronger competitors in the competition. The participants made the most of the platform that was made available to them. With each passing hour of the day, the game’s suspense grew. The Finals were entertaining to witness as each contender gave it their all. Results were finally announced following a fierce competition.

The champions of the game were Tharushi Himahansika Weerasekara and D.K.S. Kalhara, who received Rs. 8,000 cash reward. As runners-up, B.D. Marshi Nayanathara and J.P. Dinithi Pabhasara received Rs. 5,000 cash prize.

The competition came to an end after the Club President, Rtr. Madushan Dhananjaya, thanked everyone who attended to support the day and make it lively and exhilarating.

Throughout the project, we understood that beyond developing new physical abilities, sports participation has many positive effects. Anyone who plays sports learns more effective coping mechanisms for life’s highs and lows. They occasionally succeed while doing sports, but they also occasionally fail. It takes experience and maturity to be a good loser. Losing is a crucial component of building resilience in the participants because it helps them to deal with disappointment and painful situations.

Written by: Rtr. Prabanadee Randunuge
Graphic design by: Rtr. Rusira Thilakarathne

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