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Sixteen ex LTTE cadres undergoing rehabilitation have been selected for athletic training with the hope they could represent Sri Lanka at the South Asian Federation (SAF) games in New Delhi next year.

“Athletes who have shown exceptional skill, on par with national level athletes have been selected for training. These athletes were chosen at talent identification camps held for former LTTE members undergoing rehabilitation,” Sports Ministry Media Secretary Harsha De Abeykoon said. He said the athletes have been selected for swimming, shooting, archery, karate and cricket.

“One athlete was a member of the LTTE sniper unit while another is a swimmer who served as a Sea-Tiger suicide cadre. These youth are exceptionally talented and are totally committed to their training with the hope of representing Sri Lanka at an international meet,” he said.

Mr. Abeyekoon said the ultimate objective was is to ensure that these athletes qualified to represent the country at the SAF games. “We hope at least a few of them will qualify for the games and the ministry is doing everything possible to make this happen,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)
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  • sri Lankann Friday, 13 July 2012 11:03 AM

    Good work Sri Lanka... Im proud to be a sri Lankan

    Fusion Friday, 13 July 2012 11:19 AM

    finally some good news!

    RamUk Friday, 13 July 2012 11:47 AM

    Great news.. should have been done since 1956 but better late than never..implement this in other areas ..standardisation..jobs ...investment

    lee Saturday, 14 July 2012 07:23 AM

    I sincerely wish that a handful of them will go on to win some medals to the country.

    anonymous Friday, 13 July 2012 07:57 AM

    This is great!! Imagine the number of youth who were equally talented but are now lost to us because of this stupid war... Just make sure they'll be safe from the goons in TN who don't do anything productive but love to make statements and attack Lankans visiting India...

    Shashika Friday, 13 July 2012 08:09 AM

    Guys, mother lanka will proud of u all.... God bless...

    ahmed Friday, 13 July 2012 08:30 AM

    A good news!!!Very rare to hea a good news in srilanka..

    ind Friday, 13 July 2012 08:39 AM

    That's very good !!

    Porak Friday, 13 July 2012 08:53 AM

    TN leaders won't like, cos they will loose votes.

    jbnuaboo Friday, 13 July 2012 09:03 AM

    amid the shouting of thamilnaadu politicians against our counytry this is a good and wonderful thing to send the former LTTE members to participate in southasian federation game to be held in india to teach a good lesson to the tamilnaadu politicians who shed crocodile tear for srilankan tamils

    Fazli Friday, 13 July 2012 09:03 AM

    I am moved ! This is great, absorb them into normal life.

    Anuradha Friday, 13 July 2012 09:26 AM

    hmmm....i wonder why there're less comments and views for this kind of a good news.....some people should seriously need to learn about how to appreciate a commendable work.....specially those who talking about HR violation of SL armed forces.......thanks DailyMirror for not being biased and publish this news.......this may be small but, at least a worthy start for post-war national reconciliation.

    Suresh Friday, 13 July 2012 10:49 AM

    awesome


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