Sri Lankan athletes hopeful of many medals
The 65 member Sri Lankan athletic contingent headed by Prasanna
Sampath Amarasekera arrived here in Cochi yesterday with the hope of
defending 14 medals in athletics which they achieved at the 2006 South
The newely selected contingent which includes some of the prominent
athletes in Sri Lanka will be on track and field at the athletics
extravaganza starting tomorrow.
Sri Lanka will miss the service of some outstanding individuals such
as the Asian Sprinter Queen Susanthika Jayasinghe, Rohan Pradeep Kumara,
Sugath Thillakarathne, Manjula Kumara and Sujani Buddhika. The
unfortunate injury caused to young Shehan Ambepitiya who defeated Umanga
Surendra to be crowned as the country's 100m king at the selections,
will not make it to the track at the Maharaja College ground.
The colonial port city of Cochi (earlier called as Cochin) is hosting
their biggest sporting event after a long interval. The State of Kerala,
the breeding ground for some of the greatest Indian Athletes like P.T.
Usha and athletic legends like T.C. Yohannan and Suresh Babu, is in full
cry to host and welcome this competition.
The newely laid Synthetic Track of International Standard at Maharaja
College ground in Ernakulam which is 39km from the city centre, will
host 19 events during these two days.
The State of Kerala which hails as 'God's Own Country' has much
similar climate to that of Sri Lanka and will help the Lankan athletes
to acclimatise well to the condition in quick time. Cochi, Wednesday