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History of SLUG

Sri Lanka University Games, or SLUG as is most commonly called, is the premier sporting festival among the universities of Sri Lanka. In our universities which are havens of learning for tens of thousands of Sri Lankan undergraduates, SLUG provides a magnificent platform for undergraduates to hone their sporting skills, compete fairly and showcase their amazing capabilities and talents to the world.

Although inter university sports championships had been organized in Sri Lanka since the late 1950s, it was in 1980 that the first University Sports Festival was held at the University of Peradeniya. This was in response to a suggestion made by the Director of Physical Education of the University of Peradeniya, Mr. Lesley Handunge. He himself was a skilled boxer who had represented Sri Lanka twice at the Olympic Games and led the Sri Lanka team at the World University Sports Festival.

Under his guidance, an inter university sports festival was organized in keeping with the standards and traditions of the Olympic Games. Once in three years since then, the Sri Lanka universities have organized the SLUG festival, including the Universities of Colombo, Kelaniya, Sri Jayewardenepura, Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Peradeniya and finally Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, which hosted SLUG 2016. Though the first University Games had just 12 events, through the years the number has increased to 22 sporting events in 2019.

The University of Ruhuna has actively participated in every SLUG since 1983, and has hosted its first SLUG festival in 1998. Now the keen undergraduates and faculties of the University of Ruhuna will be proudly hosting XIII Sri Lanka University Games in 2019.