Sri Lanka to field 484 athletes in 23 disciplines | Daily News

Sri Lanka to field 484 athletes in 23 disciplines

Former Indian MP Birendra Prasad speaking at the press briefing. Indian Sports Ministry Secretary Rajiv Yadev and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara are also in the picture. Picture by Rukmal Gamage

Sri Lanka will be one of three countries who will participate in all 23 disciples at the 12th South Asian Games which will be hosted by India at Guwahati and Shillong from Feb 5 to 16 2016. It is expected to be the biggest sporting extravaganza ever in the North East of India and the first ever gender equal South Asian Games with men and women participation in all the sports.

At a media conference held at the Sports Ministry Auditorium yesterday it was revealed that Sri Lanka would send a total of 484 athletes to participate in the 23 events – 257 men and 227 women. This is the second largest contingent taking part at the Games after host India who are fielding a total of 519 (275 men, 244 women).

SAARC nations namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be participating in the games. SAARC nations comprise 21% of the world's total population and around 9.12% of Global economy.

A total of 228 events from 23 sports disciplines will take place during the games. A total of 228 Gold, 228 Silver and 308 Bronze medals will be at stake. Guwahati will host the following sports – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Triathlon, Hockey, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Squash, Shooting, Kho Kho, Kabaddi, Handball, Cycling, Tennis and Men’s Football. Shillong will host Archery, Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wushu and Women’s Football.

The organizing committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Indian Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports with Shri N. Ramachandran, President Indian Olympic Association as co - chairman.

A total of 1505 Men and 1167 women athletes along with 635 NOC and team officials have been received. Two hundred International Technical officials and around 100 International media personel are expected to cover the event. 

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