The design of the logo is similar to the world famous ‘Wayamba Sinhaya’ or ‘Yapahuwa Lion’ which is one of the unique stone sculptures found in Yapahuwa. Yapahuwa, located in the North Western Province, was one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka. The 14 colorful manes of the lion represent 14 Universities which are to take part in these games. Since this is the twelfth time that the University Games are held, the number 12 is depicted as lion’s face. The letter ‘U’ has traditionally been used to represent universities in all previous logos in the history of University Games and here also the letter ‘U’ is portrayed as the belly of the lion. The looped tail is another distinctive feature of this majestic monument and an anonymous athlete’s head has been used to symbolize it. This very exuberant athlete is made up of the spine, tail and rear of the lion depicting the joy, excitement and stamina one would witness in an athlete during the games.
The SLUG – 2016, the major sports festival in the Sri Lankan university calendar, brings the message of perfection and pursuit of excellence which has been achieved purely with the vigour and passion for raising the standards. The games support and promote the notion ‘go one better’, which reflects the athletes’ never ending exertion to keep one step ahead outdoing the previous efforts and achievements.
The SLUG – 2016 is an enthralling festival of youth and sport and the overall visual impact of the SLUG is reflected in the development of the mascot, the cheerful and friendly looking ‘Tikiri -Squirrel’. The right hand gesture indicates friendliness, joy and indomitable energy while it also epitomizes the importance of preparation, perseverance and patience to excel in challenges.