Kandy plays an important role in the countries sports activities. It has produced several national players and captains Today rugby is the most popular sport. At one time cricket at club level was widely played, and also sports such as football, hockey, volleyball, lawn tennis and boxing. Currently, rugby is at its best but the other sports lack proper organization and management. The cue sport billiards and snooker hardly attracts much attention.
However, basketball, table tennis, athletics, swimming and baseball are popular. In the last couple of years, sports like cricket, football and hockey have dramatically dropped. Kandy also lacks proper sporting venues. Today all boys, girls and International schools whatever sports they take part they do well.
Rugger has become the king of Kandy’s sports both at schools and club level. Football, considered the common man’s game, has a sad story to tell. Today, schools are not concentrating on football as before; there is no future after schooling. Cricket at the school level is going good, at one time at club level cricket, too, was good, and in the last few years it has been neglected, now there is a move to promote the game. Schools are doing well at hockey, specially, in girls’ schools. Boxing at school-level is good,especially Vidyartha, St. Sylvester’s, Kingswood, Dharmaraja and Peradeniya MV. Trinity produced the first boxer to get into the Olympic ring -the late Lesley Handuge, and St.
Sylvester’s produced a boxer- Malom Bulner- who represented Sri Lanka as a schoolboy at the Olympics and also was chosen to box for Australia in the next Olympics. Table Tennis was given a big hand by Municipal Council due to the efforts of the late D.H. De Silva who was the Commissioner and Mayor at that time. The late Tilak Ratnayake gave the much-needed backing for this sport. One time, Kandy which was dominating at body building and weightlifting, has produced some of the top Iron sportsmen at the national level. After discussing how to reactivate sports in the Central Province, several corporate bodies came out with suggestions. Some of them are: Encouraging sports activities to develop mental and physical health of the youth and aged in the province. Upgrade sports facilities in the province. Help sportsmen and women to come to the national and International levels.