Jehan Atapattu shines at Allianz Junior Football Camp
By RadhaWimalawansa14 year old Jehan Atapattu from S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia emerged as the winner of the Good Sportsmanship Award at the Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) Asia 2017 which entitles him to a week’s training session at the world-class Aspire Academy, Doha. The camp was held in Bali, Indonesia from the 31st of July to the 5th of August 2017. AJFC is an annual training camp conducted by Allianz with the intention of creating a once in a lifetime opportunity for talented teenage footballers to experience training sessions conducted by players and coaches from FC Bayern Munich. This year’s camp sessions were conducted by former Brazil and German Bayern Legends Giovane Elber and Klaus Augenthaler respectively.
Jehan’s sportsman like behavior both on and off the field made him worthy of receiving the award. His exemplary sportsmanship behavior outdid the rest of the 49 players who were from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand. Jehan was selected as the player by a jury consisting of former FC Bayern Munich footballers Giovane Elber and Klaus Augenthaler along with a representative from Allianz. Markus Egger, the Director of Sports and Strategy at Aspire Academy too commented on Jehan’s positive attitude towards the game and his teammates.Jehan is also the very first Sri Lankan to have won the Good Sportsmanship Award at AJFC. The award stands for principles of compassion, love, joy, respect, balance and enlightenment.
Jehan is one of the two football players who represented Sri Lanka at AJFC this year.
Read the full article in the December 2017 issue of Chokolaate Magazine