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We do sports as a means of maintaining and developing physical activities and skills. It is an active participation most people engage in to have a healthier lifestyle and mind. An activity, both the players and the audience enjoy. The youth in state universities all around the country shows constant affirmation of the importance of sports apart from their studies with their flying colors and dexterous performances.

Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) is one of the many events where young men and women from state universities in the country come together to display their best performances. Sri Lanka University Games (SLUG) is an inter-state university event organized for the students to show the skills they’ve mastered throughout their university years. It is a special event and one that is definitely looked forward to as it is held once in three years. SLUG is the foundation to a platform where sportsmen and sportswomen who are a part of the university youth in the country can bring out their surpassing forms not only in front of the country but the whole world bringing glory to their country and universities with honor and respect.

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Sri Lanka university games is an event organized by the members of the Sri Lanka University Sports Council by strictly following the cultures and standards of the Olympic Games. It is fair to consider this as a University Olympic Games. Sportsmen and sportswomen from 14 state universities participate in this.

This festival of games dates back to 1980.  When it was founded by Mr. Lesley Handunge, an athlete who represented Sri Lanka twice at the Olympic Games. He is also a former director of Physical Education at the University of Peradeniya, with his initiative and guidance the first Sri Lankan University Games was held at the University of Peradeniya from 16th to 24th March 1980 with a participation of 6 universities. The organizing was also done by the University of Peradeniya. And both the overall Men and Women championships were won by the University of Peradeniya. The chance to host the games is given to a different university each year. University of Ruhuna has been given the chance to host the 13th SLUG this year, 2019 it will be held towards the end of August.

14 State Universities are participating in the Sri Lankan University Games (SLUG).

  1. University of Peradeniya
  2. University of Colombo
  3. University of Sri Jayawardenepura
  4. University of Moratuwa
  5. University of Ruhuna
  6. University of Jaffna
  7. Eastern University
  8. South Eastern University
  9. Rajarata University
  10. Sabaragamuwa University
  11. Wayamba University
  12. University of the Visual and Performing Arts
  13. University of Kelaniya
  14. Uwa Wellassa University

21 events are listed under men and 15 events under women.

MEn

Badminton

Basketball

Volleyball

Baseball

Carrom

Chess

Cricket

Football

Hockey

Karate

Road Race

Rowing

Rugby

Swimming

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

Track and Field

Weightlifting

Wrestling

Elle

woMEn

Badminton

Basketball

Baseball

Carrom

Chess

Hockey

Karate

Netball

Rowing

Swimming

Table Tennis

Taekwondo

Tennis

Track and Field

Elle

The universities who won the overall
Mens’ Championship throughout the 12 years of SLUG

I – 1980 – University of Peradeniya

II – 1983 – University of Colombo

III – 1986 – University of Colombo

IV – 1992 -University of Colombo

V – 1995 -University of Moratuwa

VI – 1998 -University of Colombo

VII – 2001 -University of Peradeniya

VIII – 2004 -University of Moratuwa

IX – 2007 -University of Peradeniya

X – 2010 -University of Moratuwa

XI – 2013 -University of Moratuwa

XII – 2016 – University of Sri Jayawardenepura

The universities who won the overall Women’s championship throughout the 12 years

I – 1980 – University of Peradeniya

II – 1983 – University of Colombo

III – 1986 – University of Colombo

IV – 1992 -University of Colombo

V – 1995 -University of Moratuwa

VI – 1998 -University of Colombo

VII – 2001 -University of Peradeniya

VIII – 2004 -University of Moratuwa

IX – 2007 -University of Peradeniya

X – 2010 -University of Moratuwa

XI – 2013 -University of Moratuwa

XII – 2016 – University of Sri Jayawardenepura

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The universities who won the overall university championships in the respective years.

I – 1980 -University of Peradeniya

II – 1983 -University of Colombo

III – 1986 -University of Colombo

IV – 1992 -University of Colombo

V – 1995 – University of Colombo

VI – 1998 – University of Colombo

VII – 2001 -University of Peradeniya

VIII – 2004 -University of Peradeniya

IX – 2007 -University of Peradeniya

X – 2010 -University of Colombo

XI – 2013 -University of Moratuwa

XII – 2016 – University of Sri Jayawardenepura

The universities who hosted the games every three years.

 

I – 1980 -University of Peradeniya

II – 1983 -University of Colombo

III – 1986 -University of Kelaniya

IV – 1992 – University of Sri Jayawardenepura

V – 1995 -University of Moratuwa

VI – 1998 -University of Ruhuna

VII – 2001 -University of Peradeniya

VIII – 2004 -University of Colombo

IX – 2007 -University of Kelaniya

X – 2010 – University of Sri Jayawardenepura

XI – 2013 -University of Moratuwa

XII – 2016 -University of Wayamba

More than 5000 undergraduates have been given the chance to participate in 35 events including 22 sports. This renowned festival of games come in lessons teaching them the best qualities, team spirit and discipline.

The 12th SLUG was held at the Wayamba University in 2016 from 1-16 September where the overall Mens’ Championship was won by the University of Sri Jaywardanepura and the University of Colombo won the Womens’ championship. University of Sri Jayawardanapura managed to take the overall university championship home with 357.7 points.

The awaited 13th SLUG is to be held this year (2019) and it will be hosted by the University of Ruhuna. Over 1000 participants are training for their best performances and waiting with much anticipation until late August with a thirst for victory to make their universities proud.

We wish them good luck and look forward to having an exciting and thriving SLUG this year.