09th August 2022 19:04:52 Hours
Sri Lanka Army Novices Athletic Championship 2022 drew to a close on 04 August 2022 where Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, the Commander of the Army graced as the Chief Guest, with new hopes and encouraging records at Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium where the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment emerges as 1st Runners-Up amid roars of applause and cheers of the onlookers. This achievement was gained by the regiment for the first time in its prestigious and proud history.
Total 597 athletes from various Army regiments who are regarded as refreshers tested their athletic skills and vied in the race for championship in the Inter Regiment Novices’ Sports Meet beginning in the final week of July and entered the finals.
The Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Athletic team under the supervision of 4th Battalion the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment displayed a splendid performances while securing 2 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals and 03 Bronze medals under VIR slot. By revitalizing Army track and field event records, Pte Sampath KHS from 2nd (Volunteer) Battalion the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment who won the Gold medal in Pole Vault event was able to break the Army record of 4.30 meters by reaching 4.50 meters of height.