Commending the sheer dedication and grit of newly proomoted Egodawela who achieved the rare feat of qualifying for the Olympics through enormous sacrifices and recording a number of victories along the way setting a fine example to rest of the athletes, Commander of the Navy also extended his best wishes and all the strength to the Navy shooter to bring much more glory to the Navy and the motherland at the Tokyo Olympics.
Having joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 2006 Tehani Egodawela has been representing the Sri Lanka Navy Musketry Pool since 2011 and has been selected as the best shooter seven times, representing the National Pool since 2012. The ace markswoman has represented Sri Lanka in many overseas competitions and has exhibited excellent performances. She holds the Sri Lankan record in the women’s 10m air rifle 0.177 event from 2018 and also holds the Sri Lankan record in the women’s 50m rifle 0.22 (in standing, kneeling and prone events) since 2019.
She won bronze medals in the women’s 50m rifle 0.22 team event at the South Asian Games 2016 in India as well as in Nepal in 2019. Further, she set a new national record, in the women’s 50m rifle 0.22 event held in Qatar in 2019. Due to her outstanding performance, she was able to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020, as she was in front in the world rankings for the women’s 10m air rifle 0.177 event.