High drama confirms Mayumi and Lee for Olympics
In a dramatic turn of events the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union
yesterday confirmed that Daniel Lee and Mayumi Raheem will represent Sri
Lanka in swimming events as wildcard entries at the Beijing Olympic
Games to be worked off in August this year.
The secretary of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union Samantha
Wickremasinghe stated that the two swimmers have been picked by the FINA
which is the World Governing Body for swimming after having considered
their performances during the past two years.
The FINA in a communiqu, issued to the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union
has stated that they have selected these two swimmers in accordance with
the FINA rule BL 18.104.22.168: relating to National Federations, National
Olympic Committee's for swimmers who have not met the Olympic qualifying
standards set by FINA.
The communique, further states that the regulation provides for the
participation of one male and one female swimmer subject to the approval
of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka.
FINA having considered the performances of both Daniel Lee and Heshan
Unamboowa who participated in last years World Championships have
decided to select Daniel Lee for the 50 metres free style event.
Mayumi Raheem of course was compelled to withdraw from the World
Championships at the last moment due to an injury. As such the FINA has
taken into consideration the performances of Raheem in the earlier
events and has decided to select her to compete in the 50 metres free
However the Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge was
surprised with the move and has called in for an immediate inquiry from
the officials of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union in connection to
this matter Earlier the Sports Minister had appointed a three member
committee to supervise the swimming trials between Mayumi Raheem and
Miniruwani Samarakoon to be held at the Sugathadasa Stadium pool on
The special committee comprise of Swimming Interim Committee
President DIG Sirisena Herath, Director General Sports D. B. Dahanayake
and Director of Sports Science Institute B. L. H. Perera.