Sri Lanka Athletics to mark centenary on a grand scale
The Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa (second from left) launching the logo to mark the centenary of the Sri Lanka Athletics in the presence of SLA President Major General Palitha Fernando and Vice President Lal Chandrakumara at the Monarch Hotel, Thalawathugoda on Wednesday. Picture by Ranjith Asanka
Sri Lankas track and field governing body Sri Lanka Athletics (SLA) will conduct a series of events to celebrate their centenary year starting with a half marathon race on January 22, 2022.
The first event of the series the half marathon will commence from Diyatha Uyana, Battaramulla and it will proceed along Ethul Kotte, Pita Kotte, Maharagama, Pannipitiya, Borella Road, Thalawathugoda, Battaramulla Junction and finishing at Diyatha Uyana.
The centenary celebration of the Sri Lanka Athletics began with the unveiling of their new logo and flag created by Bimsara Gunawardhana, a student of Nalanda College, Colombo at the Monarch Hotel, Thalawathugoda on December 15.
In addition, SLA has decided to conduct a Health Run, a 5 km race will also to be held on the same day (January 22) in front of Monarch Hotel, Thalawathugoda and it will proceed to Battaramulla Junction and ending at Diyatha Uyana. The race is open to anyone above 18 years of age who is interested in participating in. All those who finish the race will be awarded a certificate on completion by Sri Lanka Athletics.
The main celebration of the series will be held on April 7, 2022 at BMICH with the participation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. A special stamp will be issued to mark the centenary with a first day cover while a special book related to Sri Lanka athletics will be published at the event. Also, a special lecture on athletics will be delivered on the occasion.
The Centenary Celebration National Athletic Championship is planned to be held on April 8, 2022 at the Sugathadasa Stadium. The SLA is expecting to invite the South Asian region athletes to take part in the championship. In addition, National Junior Sports Festival will be held from May 9, 10, 11 and 12 at the same venue.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa speaking on the occasion said, athletic in Sri Lanka is a sport in which thousands of competitors are taking part from all the provinces which shows how popular it is. The ultimate goal of every athletes is to win an Olympic medal which is the highest honour they can achieve. Every athletes should concentrate on achieving the best timing in their respective events. As the Minister of Sports I will not hesitate to impose the maximum punishment on athletes who are found guilty of indiscipline during foreign tours or in Sri Lanka.
He also said, all competitors should enter the races with winning mentality and strive to give of their best to bring honour and fame to the country.