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Sri Lankan athletes gearing up for Paris Olympics

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By: Susil Premalal


Colombo, Feb. 23 (Daily Mirror) - The Minister of Sports Harin Fernando has recommended a squad of 58 athletes for the High-Performance Pool in preparation for the Paris Olympic Games and the Paralympics Games 2024.

The Paris Summer Olympic Games will be held from July 26 to August 11 and the Paralympics Games from August 28 to September 8 in Paris, France.

A total of 33 athletes are preparing for the Paris Olympics Games in 11 different sports disciplines while a total of 25 athletes are gearing up for the Paralympics Games in eight different sports disciplines, Director General, Department of Sports Development Dr. Shemal Fernando said yesterday.

Of the 33 athletes 19 of them will be vying for honours in the track and field events at the Paris Olympic Games.

This initiative ensures that Sri Lankan High-Performance athletes to receive all necessary facilities and funding to participate, besides a monthly allowance ahead of the Olympics and Paralympics Games.

The breakdown for the Paris Olympics High- Performance Pool is athletics (19) badminton (1), boxing (2), diving (1), gymnastics (2) judo (1), shooting (2), squash (1), swimming (1), weightlifting (2) and wrestling (1).

The breakdown for the Paris Olympics Paralympics Games is athletics (13), air rifle (3), archery (2), swimming (2) wheelchair tennis (2), badminton (1), rowing (1) and table tennis (1).

In the history of the Paralympics Games, Sri Lanka have won four medals including one Gold Medal and three Bronze Medals.

Dinesh Priyantha won the Gold Medal in 2020, Bronze Medal in 2016, Pradeep Sanjaya won the Bronze Medal in 2012 and Dulan Kodituwakku won the Bronze Medal in 2020.


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  • Steve Friday, 23 February 2024 12:27 PM

    58 athletes. How many officials??

    Hondha Hitha Friday, 23 February 2024 12:39 PM

    Out of 58 athletes, how many will return to the country and how many will settle down in France

    More who leave the better Friday, 23 February 2024 08:06 PM

    Any who come back will get too much public purse paid benefits. Does not matter if they get office job in Military, it is still public purse that is spent. Better more stay and find a better life in a better country.

    Any who come back to Sri Lanka are disgrace to our culture Friday, 23 February 2024 12:51 PM

    Going to Olympics is waste of public money. It is duty of those who are sent to try find a better life for themselves overseas rather than come back here and waste more public money.

    Amara Friday, 23 February 2024 03:00 PM

    Welcome to Parise then it's a nice country. Good luck guys! practice jumping up.

    Nuwan Friday, 23 February 2024 03:08 PM

    Pls prepare a good squad or Srilanka will be laughed by other countries...

    last chance Friday, 23 February 2024 04:03 PM

    some will not come back for sure to the count of starvation.

    Adam Friday, 23 February 2024 05:24 PM

    How many athletes and officials will go missing from the squad in France?

    Uncle Paradise Friday, 23 February 2024 07:21 PM

    58 athletes... and I'm assuming more than 100 officials?

    Sam Friday, 23 February 2024 10:34 PM

    58 and 112 officials, excluding harin and namal who will doubtlessly attend using their own stolen funds. How many will come back is the question. I would bet most of the training has revolved around climbing out of windows, jumping fences and running!

    Nilmini Welivita Saturday, 24 February 2024 03:54 AM

    What is your kappan from each athlete Mr. Sleazy Fernando?

    Satanpala Balusinha Saturday, 24 February 2024 09:31 AM

    This man diverts people to escape the punishment! It will come sooner or later!!

    Jeanne Saturday, 24 February 2024 11:10 AM

    Sri Lankan athletes gearing up for the Paris Olympics while Harin and his mates are gearing up for a tax payer funded freeloading holiday in France!! Ha! Ha! Bring on the games!!!

    Sandraa Saturday, 24 February 2024 07:16 PM

    This can be the opportunity to make 'Machan 2'...;-)

    DJ Sunday, 25 February 2024 08:38 AM

    A free trip for you minister. That's all you care about.


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