Dialog boosts Sri Lanka at Asian Para Games | Sunday Observer

Dialog boosts Sri Lanka at Asian Para Games

Harsha Samaranayake (right) General Manager, Brand & Media - Dialog Axiata presents the sponsorship to Maj. Gen. Rajith Ampemohotti, President - National Paralympics Committee in the presence of Col. Mahesh Kumara, Asst. Secretary - National Paralympics Committee
Harsha Samaranayake (right) General Manager, Brand & Media - Dialog Axiata presents the sponsorship to Maj. Gen. Rajith Ampemohotti, President - National Paralympics Committee in the presence of Col. Mahesh Kumara, Asst. Secretary - National Paralympics Committee

The third edition of the Asian Para Games will be held from October 6 to 13, 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Sri Lanka will field a team of athletes representing nine different sporting disciplines, which include archers, athletes (track and field), badminton players, visually impaired chess players, power lifters, swimmers, shooters, table tennis players and wheelchair tennis players.

Previously, the Asian Para Games were called the FESPIC Games (Far East and Pacific Games) which began in 2002, where Sri Lanka bagged more than 24 medals including six gold medals in Korea. Subsequently, the Games were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2006, before rebranding as the first Asian Para Games, that was held in China in the year 2010 and the second Asian Para Games that was held in South Korea four years later. On both the previous occasions, Sri Lanka grabbed more than 22 medals. This year, Sri Lanka is represented by world class athletes in the likes of paralympic medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath (javelin) and top rankers such as Upul Indika Chuladasa (100/200m) and Sampath Hettiaarachchi (javelin), along with many more medal winners at the Asian Level with potentials from archery (Sampath Bandara), table tennis (Dinesh Desapriya) and Gamini Dissanayake of wheelchair tennis.

“It is noteworthy to mention the support and assistance we have received from the Ministry of Sports and the principal sponsor of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Dialog Axiata PLC, for their continuous support towards empowering the athletes for the Asian Para Games this year,” said Major General, Rajitha Ampemohotte, President, National Paralympic Committee.

“Dialog is pleased to have partnered with the NPC since 2002 to provide support for these athletes who will bring honour and glory to Sri Lanka,” said Harsha Samaranayake, General Manager – Brand and Media, Dialog Axiata PLC.

He added: “Sri Lankan para athletes have performed well in the last few international meets and Dialog will continue the support as a strong proponent of powering para athletes, parallel to our philosophy of empowering all segments of society to excel on a national and international stage”.

 

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