114 Sri Lanka athletes, over 50 officials for Commonwealth Games | Sunday Observer

114 Sri Lanka athletes, over 50 officials for Commonwealth Games

3 July, 2022

As many as 114 athletes and 51 officials will make up Sri Lanka’s contingent to the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8 and according to officials their respective sports associations had followed a stringent selection process to pick the best athletes who are most likely to win a medal this time.

The reason why Sri Lanka has selected more women athletes numbering 60 compared to 54 men is because they have a better chance to win medals according to Suresh Subramanium the president of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka.

He said that this assurance was given to him by the officials of various sports associations.

The athletes faced several restrictions mainly due to the current crisis situation in the country and the high costs to purchase the air tickets.

Major General (Rtd) Dampath Fernando will be the chef de mission.

Fernando said that this is his fourth stint as an official versed in handling all aspects required as a chef de mission.

A few athletes will be joining from overseas and they are gymnast medal prospect Milka Silva who is training in Japan, Chamara the judoka who is in Slovenia, Yupun Abeykoon and his coach from Italy, Leon Fernando from Melbourne, Australia and three athletes and a coach from Hungary.

The athletes will be housed in five different games villages.

When asked what disciplines are the best medal prospects this time around, Fernando said they are in weight lifting, wrestling, gymnastics and athletics.

Funding is done through the Ministry of Sports, Sports Development Fund and Commonwealth Games Association funds.

Sri Lanka Cricket will fund the women’s cricket team.

Athletes will be given tee shirts sponsored by Hirdaramani, track suits sponsored by MAS and the Ministry of Sports will present travel bags to each athlete.

Accreditation has been completed and the athletes are well prepared to leave on July 25 according to Fernando.