Olympic spirit spreads in Colombo
Sri Lanka celebrated the International Olympic Day which falls on
June 23 by conducting the Olympic Day Run on a grand scale here in
Colombo yesterday, marking the commencement of 30-day countdown to the
2012 London Olympics.
Nearly 1000 school boys and girls from 17 up and coming schools
around Colombo who often do not get the opportunity to participate in
high scale events took part in the run along with former three Sri
Lankan Olympians Damayanthi Dharsha, Sugath Thilekartne and Sriyani
Kulawansa. The torch was carried by three local qualifiers for the 2012
London Olympics Anuradha Indrajith Cooray, Heshan Unambuwa and Thilini
Reshika Udugampola at the beginning. The run was flagged off in front of
National Olympic House by the British Deputy High Commissioner of Sri
Lanaka Robbie Bulloch.
Western bands of D.S. Senanayaka College, Isipathana College and
Visakha Vidyalaya made the event more colorful with their music.
The 4.2km run reached the Independence Square passing Royal College
rugby grounds, Baudhdhaloka Mawatha, St. Bridget Convent where the
official ceremony took place with the participation of Deputy Sports
Minister Dilan Perera as the chief guest.
The British Deputy High Commissioner commended the organizers for
conducting this meaningful event which go hand in hand with the 2012
Olympics motto “Inspire a generation”. Bulloch emphasized the importance
of participation whether win or lose and wished local athletes. He said
promoting participation regardless of age is in great importance and Sri
Lanka has done a great job to spread the Olympic spirit. Bulloch also
said over 15,000 athletes from across the globe will compete in 205
events in 2012 Olympics and the Paralympics will be held soon after the
Deputy Minister Dilan Perera said that apart from United Nations (UN)
Olympics is the biggest event which unite the world under one umbrella.
He also said sports just do not bring medals and it combine the nations
Deputy Minister also pointed out that sport has a major role to play
in making Sri Lanka the Asia’s miracle by producing balanced individuals
who can contribute to the betterment of our country.
The Olympic Day Run was sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) while
National Olympic Committee (NOC), Sports Ministry, Education Ministry
and Colombo Municipal Council organized the event.
NOC Chairman Hemasiri Fernando, Its Secretary General Maxwel de
Silva, SLT Chief Corporate Officer Lal Ranjith and officials from Sports
and Education Ministries were participated in the event.
Valuable books were presented for the libraries of participated
schools at the end of the ceremony.