The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in Austria together with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and the Austrian Cricket Association organized the first “Embassy Cup Cricket Tournament” with the participation of Embassies of the International Cricket Council full member countries based in Vienna. The tournament was held on Sunday, 5 September 2021 at the De la Salle Sportzentrum, in Vienna.
Representatives from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport together with Head of Missions and also think tanks, entrepreneurs, travel agents, bloggers, tourism magazines, writers of the print and electronic media attended the event.
Eight countries namely Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom fielded their teams for the tournament.
The Embassy of Pakistan and the Embassy of Sri Lanka qualified for the final match of the tournament. The Embassy of Pakistan won the “Embassy Cup” while the Embassy of Sri Lanka was runner-up. Head of Chancery Charitha Weerasinghe and First Secretary Liaquat Ali Warraich led the teams of Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
The tournament also featured friendly cricket matches for the officials from the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, ladies and children, which enthralled the guests.
The playground was elegantly decorated with banners, flags, backdrops while the “SO SRI LANKA” branding was displayed. World finest “Ceylon Tea” was also served to the invitees. Music of all participating countries including Sri Lankan was played while all countries showcased their traditional cuisine and beverages creating a truly festive ambience.
Over 300 guests attended the cricket tournament and Sri Lanka was able to showcase and brand itself as a leading tourist destination among the Austrian nationals.
The Embassy Cup Cricket Tournament attracted wide media coverage in Austria.
Embassy and Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
15 September, 2021