The SLUG is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Sri Lankan University calendar.This sports festival is looked upon as the ‘local Olympics’ held triennially from 1980 by the university sporting community. It provides the young undergraduates of the country with a great opportunity to prove themselves highly talented not only in academics, but also in the sporting arena.
The idea of a university sports festival was first brought forward in 1980 by Mr. Lesley Handunge, who was the director of Physical Education at the University of Peradeniya. Mr. Handunge was a skilled sportsman himself, who had represented Sri Lanka in the Olympics and had led the Sri Lankan team at the World University Sports Festival. He was keen to organize a university sports championship among the local institutions in line with the standards of the Olympic Games. This suggestion resulted in the first Sri Lanka University Sports Festival, held at the University of Peradeniya, with the participation of six universities in 20 sporting events. Today, it is known as the Sri Lanka University Games, with 14 universities participating in it. Ten SLUG championships have been held up to now since its inception, with the exception of the year 1989.