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* President launches Sanath Jayasuriya Sports Development Fund
Thu, Apr 1, 2010, 10:10 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 01, Matara: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday launched a sports development fund in honor of Sri Lanka's legendary batsman and ruling party candidate for Matara, cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya.

Launching the Sanath Jayasuriya Sports Development Fund at a ceremony Matara Sanath Jayasuriya Ground yesterday, the President said it is intended for the welfare of the youth in the country.

The President said the government has focused on the universities, technical colleges, and vocational training institutes which will assist to mould a future generation of youth who can fit into any role in the world. He promised to create a strong future generation with the development of the country.

At the meeting the chief organizer for the opposition UNP party in Hakmana, Indika Jayathunga crossed over to the ruling UPFA and pledged to support the government's development plan.

Cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya and Minister Dullas Alahapperuma were also present at the event.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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