In a bid to secure spots for four swimmers at the World Aquatic Championship in Doha in February 2024, the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) is set to conduct a Selection Trial at the Sugathadasa Stadium Swimming Pool today (Saturday) starting from 8:30 AM for a three-hour duration.
Sri Lanka has the opportunity to send two male and two female swimmers to the World Aquatics Championship in the Qatari capital, Doha, scheduled from February 2 to 18, 2024. Notably, two out of these four swimmers will also qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
For the Selection Trial, SLASU has specified that only male swimmers with 650 or above FINA points and female swimmers with 600 FINA points are eligible to compete. Additionally, swimmers currently undergoing training in foreign countries will be considered based on their timing for the selection. One hopeful participant is Dilanka Shehan, who underwent training in the USA for Open Water Swimming. SLASU is optimistic about his chances of securing a spot in the Open Water Championship, which runs concurrently with the World Aquatic Championship in Doha.
Due to the majority of swimmers training overseas, the Selection Trial is expected to feature fewer than 15 participants. Swimmers such as Akalanka Peiris, MinagiRupesinghe, Ramudi Samarakoon, and Dhinal Weerasinghe are among those currently training abroad.
In the male category, the competition for the two available spots will be intense, with contenders like Matthew Abeysinghe, Kyle Abeysinghe, and Akalanka Peiris vying for selection. On the female front, the battle for the two spots will feature swimmers such as Ramudi Samarakoon, Ganga Seneviratne, and Hiruki de Silva.