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NSF resumes with marathon, cycling and race walk events

Last year's race walk event in progress at Anuradhapura.
Last year's race walk event in progress at Anuradhapura.

The Sports Ministry is ready to conduct three events of the 46th National Sports Festival(NSF) Marathon, Cycling and Race Walking (men and women) on two days, October 10, 11 at Kataragama.The three events will be open events this time but from the next year back to the previous system of provincial basis. Race walk men and women will commence at 5.30am on October 10 while the men's cycling race will commence at 8am followed by the women's cycling race at 8.30am. The marathon both men and women will start at 5.30am on October 11.

Due to Covid 19 pandemic once again organisers will conduct this events as open events like the previous year. However athletes and cyclists have to apply for registration through the Provincial Sports Director. The closing date of the application is September 30 for these three events .

The winners of the marathon, cycling and walking races (men and women) will receive gold, silver and bronze for the first three places while cash awards of Rs 50, 000 to Rs. 8,000 up to first ten places. There are 30 sport events included for this 46th National Sports Festival and so far only one event, Cross Country race both men and women was conducted at Nuwara Eliya before the Covid 19 pandemic on last February. However all the events scheduled to finish by third week of the December.

Meanwhile there is a possibility to prune down some events after discussions with the Sport Minister but it has not finalised yet said a senior official of the Sport Ministry. The final event is scheduled to held at the Sugathadasa Stadium Colombo after laps of eight years. Last year final event was held in Badullla.

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