Department of Sports, Eastern Province conducted Eastern Provincial Sports Festival - 2018 in Batticaloa to move forward to the next and final stage of 44th National Sports Festival - 2018. The Basketball, Cricket and Beach Volleyball for both the men and women were the main games in this sports festival.
Batticaloa District emerged champions in both the men and women Basketball game in competition among 3 inter-Districts. They beat Trincomalee District in the finals played at Herbert Stadium, St-Michal Collage, Batticaloa on 21st April 2018.
Ampara District emerged champions in the men Cricket by beating Trincomalee District in the finals. Batticaloa District women cricket team became champions while Trincomalee District was runners-up in women cricket finals played at Sivanantha Public Play Grounds, Batticaloa on 21st April 2018.
Beach Volley Ball was held on 22nd April 2018 in the Kalladi Beach Batticaloa. In this, both the men & women teams of Trincomalee District won first and Batticaloa District became runners up in both groups.