President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL), Suresh Subramaniam said Sri Lanka has set their eyes on 2028 Games to fulfil their Olympic medal dream after 28 years.
He said there are no shortcuts to fulfil the Olympic medal dream. “Hard work, dedication and commitment are the essential ingredients to make champions in any sport.”
“There are no shortcuts but 100 percent dedication from sportsmen and women if they are to succeed in their hopes,” he said.
“Former Sri Lanka Davis Cup player turned Olympic Chief Subramaniam said having realised from the past mistakes, Sri Lanka has begun their training now itself, focussing on the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.
“Our real focus for an Olympic medal is in 2028, that’s seven years from now. We may try out at the next Olympiad in France. But to be frank, our target is in 2028,” he said.
He said gymnast Milka Gehani has already begun her extended sports scholarship in Japan.
The XXX111rd Olympic Games is scheduled to be held in Paris from July 26 to August 11, 2024.
Inspired by the ancient Olympic Games in Greece, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896 and this year marks its 125th Anniversary.
A total of 32 sports have been identified for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, with more than 10,000 athletes from over 200 nations taking part in 306 medal events.
Any age restrictions are set by the individual International Federations (IFs) for each sport. Competitors in boxing, for example, must be between 18 to 39 years of age.
Special permission was granted to Mira Potkonen who was 40 at Tokyo Games in 2021 after the Games were delayed by one year, and claimed her second medal at consecutive Games.
In athletics and gymnastics, the competitors must turn 16 in the year of the Games, with no maximum age cut-off.
Men’s football is essentially an Under-23 competition but each country is permitted players over 23.
Several sports have no minimum age, with 12-year-old Syrian Hend Zaza the youngest competitor in Tokyo Games in the Women’s table tennis competition.
Another 12-year-old, Japan’s Kokonai Hiraki, was the youngest medallist with Silver in the Women’s park skateboarding.
There are several different methods of qualification which depend on the sport and its international federation.
Sports such as shooting and taekwondo, offer quota places for National Olympic Committees (NOCs) based on performances of individual athletes but the NOC in question can select a different athlete to take that place at the Games.
Nations need to earn their place through strong performances in either the World Championships or continental competitions or continental or global qualifiers for team sports.
There will be between eight and 12 nations in team sport disciplines at the Olympic Games.
Athletes are selected by their respective NOCs, who are responsible for supporting them and entering them for the Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sends out invitation letters to all NOCs one year before the Games begin and those NOCs then submit entries for the Games who are then approved or otherwise by the IOC. All competitors must comply with the Olympic Charter which includes compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.
Breaking will make its Games debut after its success at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games.
The disciplines identified for the next 2024 Olympiad are aquatics (diving, marathon swimming, artistic swimming, swimming, water polo), archery, athletics, badminton, basketball (including basketball 3×3), breaking, boxing, canoe, cycling (road cycling, cycling track, mountain biking, BMX freestyle, BMX racing), equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline), handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball (including beach volleyball), weightlifting, and wrestling.