Gateway to Host the Twentieth International Schools’ Athletics Championship (ISAC 2020)

The International Schools’ Athletics Meet which commenced in the year 2001 has presently established itself as the flagship sporting event in the International Schools’ calendar. ISAC 2020 has special significance for Gateway College who pioneered this meet, as this is the 20th year celebration of the championship. This gigantic event was initiated by Gateway’s Founder, late R. I. T. Alles, whose contribution to the sports among the International Schools has brought significant gains for the country.

The International Schools’ Athletics Championship is scheduled to be held from 14th to 16th February 2020 at the Sugathadasa Stadium. The event will comprise approximately 2000 athletes from 23 reputed International Schools and 350 technical officials, officiating at the event. A large gathering of over 15,000 students, parents and past pupils are expected to attend the competition. The entire event is fully computerized - from web-based entries to instant results/scores via the internet.

Mrs. Rohini Alles, the Managing Director of the Gateway Group will be the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony which will be held at 8.00 am on Saturday the 15th of February, while Hon Dinesh Gunawardena, Minster of foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment, Labour Relations and Leader of the House of Parliament, will grace the closing ceremony as the Chief Guest on Sunday, the 16th of February at 2.00 pm. Ms. Premila Paulraj, Regional Director - Asia, Pearson PLC and Ms. Shea Wickramasingha, Group Managing Director at CBL Group will be Guests of Honour for the closing ceremony.

Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman of ISAC 2020 and the Chairman of the Gateway Group says, “Over the years, ISAC has become an important event that not only breeds talented athletes but also showcases junior athletes of international repute. There is no doubt that the event is of national significance. Since the inaugural competition, the standard of Athletics among International Schools has gradually advanced to an extent where several athletes have now reached national and international levels, providing much required competition at the highest levels. Athletes of the caliber of Shelinda Jansen, Sadeepa Henderson, Sachini Divyanjalee and Kavindu Bandara are a few such examples,” he said.

The Principal Sponsors of the event are Pearson Edexcel and Ceylon Biscuits Ltd.

It is encouraging to see an academic awarding body such as Edexcel sponsoring an event of this nature and contributing to the overall development of pupils to be all-rounders. Students of the majority of TISSL Member Schools sit the Edexcel examinations (London IGCSE, and AL). Edexcel has always supported extra-curricular activities of this nature, in its bid to promote healthy minds, accountability, dedication and leadership. Edexcel has been the Principal Sponsor of the event for the last 10 years.

Munchee the flagship brand of Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL), one of the fastest growing and largest local conglomerates in Si Lanka has once again come forward to support ISAC 2020. Munchee being the No 1 biscuit brand in the country is well known for extending it continuous support to many sports including the country’s national sport, volleyball. Munchee, as one of the Principal Sponsors of the 20th International Schools’ Athletics Championship recognizes the importance of fostering school sports to shine more and more sports men and women at the national level sports. CBL also sponsors the Sir John Tarbet Inter Schools’ Athletics Meet, the Inter International Schools’ Soccer Tournament and the Junior National Squash Championship to name a few. The event is also supported by Home Lands, a real estate company in Sri Lanka, The Hatton National Bank, DSI Samson Group, Airtel, Oxford University Press, Asiri Health and Gateway Graduate School. Their sponsorships symbolize the commitment of these organizations towards the development and growth of children and sports.

ISAC 2020 will be conducted in accordance with the TISSL rules and regulations while coming under the International Athletics Federation Competition Rules. The Championship is fully computerized with web-based entries and instantly accessible results and scores via the Internet through the ISAC website www.isaclk.com. Designed and developed by Gateway Consultancy Services, this website will provide all necessary information including past meet records and full lists of competitors for this year’s meet. All athletes will carry a common Identity Card issued by TISSL, the Association of the Member Schools.

    TISSL member schools competing in this year’s ISAC are:
  1. Asian International School
  2. Alethea International School
  3. Belvoir College International
  4. Burhani Serendib School
  5. The British School in Colombo
  6. Colombo International School, Colombo
  7. Colombo International School, Kandy
  8. Elizabeth Moir International School
  9. Gateway College, Colombo
  10. Gateway College, Kandy
  11. Horizon College International
  12. Ilma International School
  13. Leeds International School
  14. Lyceum International School, Nugegoda
  15. Lyceum International School, Panadura
  16. Lyceum International School, Ratnapura
  17. Lyceum International School, Wattala
  18. OKI International School
  19. Royal Institute, Colombo
  20. Stafford International School
  21. St. Nicholas International College
  22. Wycherley International School, Colombo
  23. Wycherley International School, Gampaha

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