The book also includes a message from FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°
The Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation recently published a book titled ‘Volleyball legends Ceylon to Sri Lanka’ and edited by Susil Ranasinghe which details the history of volleyball in Sri Lanka from 1954 to 2021.
Launched on 16 November 2021, the book also includes a welcome message from FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F°. The launch event, held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo in Sri Lanka, was attended by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Honorable Namal Rajapakshe, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Andrew Marcelo Gonzalez, President of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation, Hon. Kanchana Jayaratne, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mr Anuradha Wijekoon, and editor of the book, Mr Susil Ranasinghe.
In his welcome message, the FIVB President said:
“We recognise the important status of volleyball and beach volleyball in your country. The FIVB is very grateful for the contribution of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation to the development of volleyball in Sri Lanka and Asia as we look to bring our beloved sports to new heights.
“The FIVB wishes the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation continued success now and in the future.”
Following the event, guests also paid tribute to Senior Living Volleyball Players of Sri Lanka, including 98-year-old Mr Piyaratne Weerasinghe and 85-year-old Mrs Biyatris Chandralatha who represented Sri Lanka’s first national volleyball team in 1955 and was also awarded the National Colors Winning Player.
Former Presidents of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation Hon. Dilan Perera (M.P), Hon. Dr Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Mr Sunil Priyantha Nawarathna were also present at the occasion.