Sri Lankan weight lifters dream of 14 medals | Sunday Observer

Sri Lankan weight lifters dream of 14 medals

The women’s weight lifters comprise Chamari Warnakulasuriya (55kg), Hansani Gomes (49kg), DMS Samarakoon (45kg), RMN Rajapakse (59kg), V. Arshika (63kg), BC Priyanthi (76kg) and TNB Haputenna (above 75kg). Chamari, Hansani and Priyanthi won silver medals each the last time and will endeavour to enhance their medal prospects.   RB Wickramasinghe is the head coach for this tour. Teams: Men: YDI Kumara, Tilanka Palagasinghe, Chaturanga Lakmal, Indika Dissanayake, Chintana Vidhanage, Shanaka Pieters and Ushan C
The women’s weight lifters comprise Chamari Warnakulasuriya (55kg), Hansani Gomes (49kg), DMS Samarakoon (45kg), RMN Rajapakse (59kg), V. Arshika (63kg), BC Priyanthi (76kg) and TNB Haputenna (above 75kg). Chamari, Hansani and Priyanthi won silver medals each the last time and will endeavour to enhance their medal prospects. RB Wickramasinghe is the head coach for this tour. Teams: Men: YDI Kumara, Tilanka Palagasinghe, Chaturanga Lakmal, Indika Dissanayake, Chintana Vidhanage, Shanaka Pieters and Ushan Charuka. Women: Chamari Warnakulasuriya, Hansani Gomes, DMS Samarakoon, RMNS Rajapakshe, V. Arshika, TNB Haputenna and BC Priyanthi. RB Wickramasinghe (head coach) PKGN Dayan (coach), SMR Gunatilleka (coach), P Indrakumara (coach) MDMU Dissanayake (masseur) and G Nishantha (manager)

Sri Lanka’s men’s weight lifting team is hopeful of winning 14 medals including four gold medals from the South Asian Games to be held in Nepal. This view was expressed by the team captain Indika Dissanayake who said that the team will be leaving on December 2 as the competitions are scheduled to commence on December 5.

Although the organisers have dropped seven weight classes, every lifter of the Sri Lankan team is hopeful of winning a medal each. The Indians pose the biggest threat to the Sri Lankan lifters who can thwart the Sri Lankans from winning the gold medals.

The Sri Lankan team have three days to acclimatise to the low temperatures but the team is ready for any challenges that they may face.

“Sri Lanka and India have medal winners from the Commonwealth Games. Pakistan also possess good competitors who cannot be underestimated,” said skipper Dissanayake who is a gold medal prospect.

The weight lifting team comprise seven men and seven women. Three men and one woman are expected to win gold medals. The three men expected to win the gold are Indika Dissanayake who will compete in the 73 kg, YDI Kumara 55 kg and Thilanka Palagasinghe in the 62 kg class.

Only Sudesh Peiris won a gold medal at the last SA Games held in India but he is not in the team this time. The most experienced Chinthana Vidhanage joins Chaturanga Lakmal and Indika Dissanayake in the hunt for gold. Debutants Kumara, Palagasinghe and Ushan Charuka will endeavour to win the silver medal.

“Winning any medal is not our target, we want to achieve the silver or above,” added Dissanayake.

The experience gained at the SAG is important to aim for qualification to the Olympic Games in Japan. The Asian Championship is to be held in Kazakastan in April, four months before the Olympics.

 

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