POOL TOURNAMENT UNITES SRI LANKANS
Unity Sri Lanka, a youth group for all Sri Lankans
in the U.S., launched its inaugural event April 5 with a billiard’s
tournament in suburban Maryland.
The event drew 40 contestants and a total of
about 60 people in an effort to raise money for post-conflict
projects in Sri Lanka. Those projects could include funding for
computer and athletic centers, sports equipment and educational
During the pool tournament, Jaliya Wickramasuriya,
Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Washington, handed out awards
to the winners in the men’s and women’s singles and
doubles categories. The tournament was held at Orange Ball Billiards
in Rockville, Md.
In his remarks, Ambassador Wickramasuriya congratulated
the organizers and encouraged them to stage similar events in
other states to help Sri Lanka.
Unity Sri Lanka seeks to build on unification
within Sri Lanka by reconciling ethnic and religious differences
to promote a common Sri Lankan identity in the U.S.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
07 April 2009