5:52pm on Tuesday 27th February 2024
The press briefing on "Guwan Hamuda Papedi Sawariya 2024” was held today (27 February 2024) at the Air Force Headquarters. This year’s race will be conducted for the 25th consecutive time in concurrence with the 73rd Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force. Over two hundred upper-grade cyclists and other cyclists, including Indian Air Force cyclists, are expected to compete in this race. Guwan Hamuda Papedi Sawariya is recognized as one of the premier and most thrilling events in the Sri Lankan Cycling event calendar.

This year, the duration of the men’s race will be 5 days. It will start on 03 March 2024, from Air Force Headquarters Colombo, passing each leg through Kandy, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Vavuniya and ending in Jaffna with a distance of approximately 654 km, while the women’s race will commence on 07 March 2024, as a single-leg event from Mankulam to Jaffna.
The awards ceremony will be held at Jaffna on 07 March 2024, where the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, will grace the occasion with the sponsors and other distinguished guests.

The press briefing was chaired by the Chairman SLAF Cycling, Air Vice Marshal Lasitha Sumanaweera, while Director Media of SLAF, Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe, Secretary SLAF Cycling, Group Captain Ranga Perera, General Manager Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., Mr. Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Secretary Sri Lanka Cycling Federation, Mr. Nalin Adikarachchige, General Manager Abans Group of Company, Mr. Lalindra Brahmana participated as panel members. A large number of journalists from the electronic and print media were also present at the occasion.

The title sponsor of the race this year is Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., with Abans Group of Company as the platinum sponsor, Peoples Insurance as the official Insurance Partner, People’s Bank as the official Banking Partner and Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Private Limited as the official Food and Beverage Partner. At the same time, the event will be co-sponsored by Wijaya Products Pvt. Ltd. The spectators have been provided the opportunity to watch this competition live on Channel Eye as well as the opportunity to listen to live updates through the Hiru FM and Suriyan FM radio channels this year.

Before the conclusion of press briefing,  the sponsorship cheques and official letters were handed over to the Chairman SLAF Cycling, Air Vice Marshal Lasitha Sumanaweera respectively by General Manager Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Manager Abans Group of Company, Mr. Laleendra Brahmana, Category Head of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories Private Limited, Mr. Poshitha Perera, Head of National Sales People’s Insurance PLC, Mr. Danushka Hettiarachchi, Assistant General Manager Cooperate Banking of People’s Bank, Mrs. Thushari Hewawasam and Key Customer Executive of Wijaya Products Pvt. Ltd, Mr. Janith Karavita.



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