High-performance athletes pocket financial boost | Sunday Observer

High-performance athletes pocket financial boost

28 March, 2021
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa

Motivation is the best form of inspiration that can be given to athletes who are endeavouring to win medals at international level.

With this objective in mind the Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa decided to present 60 national athletes who are listed on the high performance program with Rs 100,000 each plus Rs. 25,000 for nutrition.

These athletes chosen by the High Performance committee, will be committed to win medals at the 2022 Asian and Commonwealth Games.

They were selected after going through trials under the supervision of the high performance committee of the National Sports Council. They are track and field athletes, weight lifters, boxers, judokas, badminton players, swimmers and Para athletes.

The Sports Ministry, Sports Development Department and National Sports Council will work together to develop sports in the country. Their short term plan is focused on achieving medals during 2022 to 2024, their mid-term plan is up to 2028 and their long term is 2034 and above. Sports Minister Rajapaksa said that he hopes to contract some 200 athletes to form a junior national pool.

They will be given knowledge in sports at professional level.

The Minister has also instructed sports bodies to conduct a minimum four evaluation competitions per year to gauge the progress made by these athletes.