(From left): Colonel Deepal Herath (Vice-President NPC), P Wijerathne (Director Sports, Department of Sports Development), Major General Rajitha Ampemohotti (President, NPC), Harsha Samaranayake (Senior General Manager, Brand and Media, Dialog) and Colonel Dhananjaya Aludeniya (Secretary, NPC)
Pic by Indrarathne Balasooriya
By Susil Premalal
The National Para Athletics Championships 2019 organised by the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Sri Lanka under the patronage of the Ministry of Sports and sponsored by Dialog will be held on September 5 and 6 at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Over 800 athletes representing more than 45 sports clubs affiliated to the NPC from different provinces of the country are set to compete in this event.
The NPC provides opportunities for three disability groups, namely Men and Women with visual impairments, physical impairments and intellectual disabilities to showcase their talents.
It also gives NPC the opportunity to identify athletes who have the potential to participate in international sporting events including the upcoming World Para Athletics Championships to be held in Dubai, UAE in November 2019.
There will be more than 190 track and field events conducted for the three disability groups under different functional categories giving a diverse outlook to the event.