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Fourteen Clubs battle for supremacy

There is bound to be much enthusiasm and excitement, as the oarsmen/women keep slicing the waters in rhythmic motion on the Bolgoda Lake for rowing supremacy.


Healthy rivalry will prevail among the 160 participants from 14 clubs competing in the 69th Amateur Rowing Association of the East (ARAE) and the Far East Amateur Rowing Association (FEARA) – 2011 Regatta.


It is being organised by the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club (BLRC), Sri Lanka from 3rd to 5th February 2011 in collaboration with ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ and T-sips as the exclusive sponsor of this event.


This was revealed to the members of the media, at a briefing held on Wednesday at “Olympic House”, by the Chairman of the organising committee Chanaka Talpahewa. He further went on to say that the ARAE Regatta had its origin in the year 1933 during the colonial era and, that the FEARA came into being in Singapore 1954.


Talpahewa, explained for logistical convenience the two regattas were emerged in the year 2006, with the ARAE for those under 36 years and the FEARA set apart for the masters category. He concluded by saying that this event was a showpiece for Sri Lanka, to impress that the country was fast becoming a sporting country. Both, the CEO Expo Lanka Holdings (T-Sips), Hanif Yusoof and Dr Chula Senerath of ‘Tharunyata Hetak’ whilst dwelling on their intentions and purposes that sports should be taken to the youth of the villages.


According to the Vice President Lasantha Welikala, the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club, successfully participated at the 2009-2010 ARAE-FEARA regatta and was an associate member at the 68th AGM of the ARAE held at the Madras Boat Club in January 2010. This regatta the 69th will take place at the Bolgoda Lake Rowing Club.


The countries participating are India, Pakistan, Singapore, Philippines, Dubai and Sri Lanka as host – the clubs associated are Lake Club Ltd, Kolkata, Calcutta Rowing Club, Kolkata, Bengal Rowing Club, Kolkata, Calcutta Rowing Club, Madras Boat Club, College of Military Engineering (CME) Pune, Rowing Centre Chennai, Kodaikanal Boat Club, Karachi Boat Club, Lahore Boat Club, Colombo Rowing Club, Sri Lanka, Singapore Rowing Association, Manila Boat Club and Dubai Boat Club.


The open events for ARAE for Men will be single sculls, Double sculls, pairs and four – the same events will be held for women.


The FEARA events Masters over 36 yrs for men will be Single sculls, Double sculls, Pairs and Fours – for the women it will be Double sculls and single sculls, with a mixed Double scull event.


The opening ceremony will be held in the evening on Wednesday February 2 at the BLRC.


~ Richard Dwight

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