Asoka Goonetilleke, the regular contributing editor to the field of sports literature in Sri Lanka will soon be launching his fifth book titled Palamuveniya.
Palamuveniya is the first of its kind portraying life and times and achievements of 20 sports luminaries of Sri Lanka in the international sports field including the Olympic Games.
Goonetilleke’s love on Sri Lanka sports literature was ignited when he was planning to attend the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 as a journalist. Since then he has authored four such books. A hand book on journalism was the first to go off the blocks in 1988.
“Olympic Serisara” – 2001, “Jagath Paapandu Soorathava” – 2002, and “Olvarasan” – 2006 are his previous books on sports literature, which were widely acclaimed. He had also compiled books on Asian Athletic Grand Prix (2003),’Historical and Modern Culture of sports in Sri Lanka’(2005),’ 10th South Asian Games -Colombo (2006). In addition he had worked as one of the editorial consultant to “Sri Lanka Through the Eyes of a Philatelist’ (2013), a “five star volume’ which was made available only to the Diplomatic community. This was printed and published by Ministry of Postal Services under the guidance of Hemasiri Fernando who was then the secretary of the ministry.
However, Palamuveniya is a contrast. In it Goonetilleke strives to keep the flag flying hosted by the said 20 sporting personalities. Some of them, to name a few are Susanthika Jayasinghe, Duncan White, Arjuna Ranatunga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara are very well known whilst some of them, perhaps are never heard of.
The author’s intensive research work and the simple writing style would force anyone to read Palamuveniya, thus making the achievements of those who have been featured would not be buried in the sands of times.
“It is a timely need and a must read’ writes Yogananda Wijesundera, founding director of the School of Sports Sciences in his epilogue.
Goonetilleke an airman turned journalist counts 37 years of experience and became a full time sports journalist in 1982 as the founder sports editor of the Divaina newspaper. He soon became a household name as he was able to revolutionise the style of sports reporting in the Sinhala Media.
Palamuveniya is scheduled to be launched on September 25 at 3 pm at the Institute of Sports Sciences, Nidahas Mawatha, Colombo 7. Palamuveniya is a Sarasaviya publication.