Great opportunity for young athletes
Junior Athletic Championships from May 02:
The National Junior Athletics Championship conducted by the Athletic
Association of Sri Lanka will be held from May 02 to 04 at the
Sugatadasa Stadium. Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) has come
forward to power this year's meet which will see the participation of
over 2600 athletes.
Twelve champion athletes who come up with superlative performance in
three age categories (Under 16, 18 and 20) during this meet will be
awarded with scholarships offered by DIMO, marking their extended
support to the athletics.
The scholarships will be valid for a period of 12 months and DIMO
will provide with necessary requirements for the selected athletes under
the guidance of AASL while the latter will make an analyze on their
progress after two months.
Such support will be highly beneficial for the young athletes to
improve on their performance for a better future in athletics.
'We consider this as a social responsibility. We are not trying to
use this event as an advertising campaign' stated Ranjith Pandithage,
Chairman DIMO. 'This is a great moment for the Sri Lanka athletics' said
Gen. Palitha Fernando, Chaiman Athletics Association Sri Lanka.
Presently there are very strong companies and organizations like DIMO
who have extended their blessings towards us. We consider this as a very
good opportunity for the development of athletics and I believe that we
have a bright future ahead, added the AASL Chairman.
There will be events for age groups under-16, 18, 20 and 23 for both
boys and girls. Race walking for age groups under-20 and 23 has been
added for this year's championship in order to improve and popularize
This will also be the selection trials prior to the Asian Junior
Athletics Championships to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia which will get
under way from June 12.
The selected National Junior Squad will also take part in the World
Junior and Commonwealth Junior Athletics Championships in Pune, India
which will begin later this year.