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Who is going to win the 82nd Madras Colombo Regatta? The Men’s Boat Race is the oldest inter-club race between any two countries.

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BY A STAFF REPORTER: Who will win the 82nd Madras Colombo Regatta? Will the eves of Madras Boat Club pip Colombo Rowing Club ladies to the post? The Sri Lankan men are however confident of beating their Madras counterparts. 

The Madras-Colombo Regatta is the annual rowing encounter between the Colombo Rowing Club and Madras Boat Club. It has been held since 1898.

The premier event, the Men’s Boat Race is the oldest inter-club race between any two countries and the second oldest inter-club boat race in the world, second only to the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. Winners of the men’s regatta are awarded the Deepam Trophy, while the overall winners of the women’s regatta are awarded the Adyar Trophy.

While Colombo won the Deepam Trophy that was awarded to the men’s crew, Madras won the Adyar trophy for the Ladies Crew in 2022. Both teams have been training hard this season with the hope of winning both trophies. The Regatta is due to be held on Saturday in Chennai.