The President of Sri Lanka Athletic Association Major General Palitha Fernando (second from left) speaking at the media briefing at CR&FC auditorium on Tuesday (29). (From left) The Regional Head-Colombo SLT-Mobitel Denham Perera, Marketing Services-Manager SLT-Mobitel Kelum Kulathunga and Secretary General of Sri Lanka Athletics Prema Pinnawala are also present.
Picture by Ranjith Asanka
The Centenary National Athletics Meet to mark 100 years of the Sri Lanka Athletic Association (SLAA) is scheduled to be held at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium, Diyagama from April 8 to 10.
The President of the Sri Lanka Athletic Association Major General Palitha Fernando said, “100 years is not an easy task for any institution, any human being. We are the third country in Asia to have celebrated 100 years as an association.
Only Japan and Korea are ahead of us. Also, we were the first country in the South Asian region who obtained membership of the World Athletics Association.”
“We have invited athletes from India, Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Nepal to take part in the meet while the countries are accepted the invitation to compete against our local players. So far 520 male and 215 female athletes have registered for the tournament which will be held in the first week of April and more than 20 foreign athletes are expected to participate in the tournament,” Palitha Fernando further said.
This would be the main objective to find out talented athletes for the upcoming Asian Games, World Athletics Championship, and the Commonwealth Games this year. Especially, we are eyeing the contingent for the Asian Games while expecting five or six medals from them, he pointed out.
The national telecommunications services provider in Sri Lanka SLT-Mobitel will be the main sponsor of the tournament and its Regional Head-Colombo Denham Perera said, “We are very pleased and proud to be the main sponsor of the Sri Lanka Athletics Association’s centenary celebration.”
“I would also like to state that we are ready to do whatever it takes to make this a success. ”