Feb 01, 2020

SL to boycott all Southeast Asian sporting events Featured

Dhammika Muthugala, Director General of Sports of Sri Lanka has said that Sri Lanka has decided not to participate in any sporting event in South East Asia until the risk of corona virus spreading in China is reduced.

The Director General of Sports has stated that he will not take responsibility for anyone participating in a sporting event in the South East Asian region without consulting them.

Sri Lanka to boycott all Southeast Asian sporting eventsHowever, several sporting events, including the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, which was scheduled to begin next week in China, have been postponed indefinitely.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Sports said that the decision on the Cross Country Marathon, which was to be held in Nuwara Eliya on the 15th February, will be taken on Monday (03 Feb).

China to postpone sporting events till April!

It is also reported that the authorities in China have decided to postpone all sports events in China until next April. 

The President of the Netball Federation Victoria Lakshmi says that she is planning to make a request to postpone the Hong Kong Netball Tournament as priority should be given to the safety of the sportsmen and the country.

"We have to protect our players for the Asian Championship. There are only four months left," the President of the Sri Lanka Netball Federation added.

The Asian Athletics Association  has decided to cancel the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships which was to be held in China on the 12th and 13th.

Seven Sri Lankan athletes who won 15 gold medals at the South Asian Games in Nepal will be able to participate in the event. Aruna Darshana, Indunil Herath, Dilshi Kumarasinghe, Sarangi de Silva, Hashini Balasuriya, Lakshika Sugandhi and Nilani Ratnayake had qualified for the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Sports, the Olympic Committee, the Sports Development Department and the Athletic Association have embarked on a long-term program with the aim of getting the most number of athletes from Sri Lanka to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games to be held in Japan from July 24 to August 9.

Athletics's golden moment is Sydney

The last time Sri Lanka won an Olympic medal was in Sydney in 2000.

Susanthika Jayasinghe won the silver medal in the 200m event.
For nearly two decades now,  even qualifying for Olympics has been a serious challenge for the sportsmen and women of Sri Lanka.

A pool consisting of 27 sportsmen and women has been named  focusing on the Olympic Games. It is said that they are being supervised by the new national coach Y. K Kularatne.