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AIAMG2017. Sri Lankan medal hope lies on Chess and Wresting

AIAMG2017. Sri Lankan medal hope lies on Chess and Wresting

By Hishan Welmilla in Ashgabat.Sri Lankan contingent will have two more sports to compete in their medal hunt at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games currently under way here in Ashgabat.

They have only two sports left in the competition make any medal production and its Chess and Wrestling. The wrestling events to be unfold from today

Chamara Milinda Perera (Men's Freestyle -65 kg),Sujitha Maduranga (Men's Freestyle -74 kg), Divosion Fernando (Men's Freestyle -57 kg), Shamika Madushani (Women's Freestyle -53 kg) and Niroshani Karunasena (Women's Freestyle -48 kg), Deeepika Dilhani (Women's Freestyle -58 kg) will be in action from tomorrow in the Wrestling arena from today (24).

Chess events started on Thursday (21). Rajendra Katugampitiya ,Romesh Weerawardana (Men's Standard Individual) Dasuni Hansika and Zinab Saumy  represent Sri Lanka in Chess and could not make any impact in their first games.

Sri Lanka hope to seek some medals in Men’s and Women’s rapid under 23 .

Sri Lanka secured four medals so far and those were recorded in Indoor athletics. The only gold medal so far which earned a place in the medal tally has been won by Gayanthika Abeyrathna (women’s 800m) . Indunil Herath (Men’s 800m) and Amila Jayasiri (Men’s long jump) brought silver medals and Manjula Wijesekara bagged Sri Lanks’a bronze medal in indoor athletics.

Lost opportunity

Sri Lanka would have win more medals if they could send more participants in athletics says The athletics coach Sajith Jayalal.

“We could have easily won five more medals here at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. men’s and women’s relay team, women’s long jump, and women’s 3000m and women’s 1500 are some of the medals we could take home if we send the athletes for those sports” Sajith Jayalal said.

Who should be responsible of sending athletes and who is responsible of selection, this was question he did not have the answer.

The blame has already gone for National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL). But the president of the NOCSL Hemasiri Fernando says there organization is not responsible for this.

“The selections been done by the respective sports governing bodies. They should point out on the medal prospects with evidence and get more athletes to the contingents. NOCSL has nothing to do with the selection of athletes to any game.” Fernando added.

He is in critics with the National Selection Committee which he is also a member as the President of the National Olympic Committee.

“ I don’t know what they are doing. I have not signed any final team selection for last six month as I do not agree some selections at all “Fernando said.

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