A colourful ceremony opens AY games
Sri Lankan contingent of 30 athletes and 11 officials headed by
Nishantha Piyasena marched at the first Asian Youth Games Opening
ceremony what is said to be one of the most colourful opening ceremonies
Singapore has ever hosted, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium yesterday
The Sri Lankans looked very colourful with their newly designed
outfit, with smiling faces marched along with over 1400 sports
personalitiese from 45 Asian countries.
The Youth Games, which acts as a preview to the inaugural Youth
Olympic Games which will be held next year, looked an excellent
impression to the large crowd gathered.
Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong was the chief guest at
the openning ceremony which included a colourful Gymnastic display,
cultural pageant and cheerful nusic presented by the Singapore National
President of National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka Hemasiri
Fernando and President of Athletic Association of Sri Lanka were also
present among the special invitees at the opening ceremony and were seen
cheering the Lankan contingent
Earlier yesterday, the Sri Lankan team, along with Indonesia,
Kazakhstan and Iraq were given a warm welcome at a special ceremony
which was held at the Swiss Hotel which the main media Centre is
The Sri Lankan chef-de-mission Nishantha Piyasena represented the
country at this occasion.
Today, five Sri Lankan athletes will be seen in action at the Bishan
Heshan Amarasinghe will take part in the first round of the
boys'100m, Nirmala Siriwardena in the girls' high jump, Akshana
Maralanda in the girls' 100m and Dulaj Lahiru and Nadeeshani Henderson
in the boys' and girls' 400m respectively.
Novel Influenza detected
The officials have taken steps in the best way to detect any outbreak
of Novel Influenza coming in to the country and have taken measures to
place thermo detectors at every sports venue and at every hotel that the
So far there have been five H1N1 positive cases reported one athlete
from Philippines and four from Hong Kong.
Chairman OCA Medical Committee and OCA Executive Board Member Doctor
Mani Jegathesan stated that all the infected athletes were discharged
after they were fully recovered.
"I am happy that there were 37 more suspicious cases reported but all
of them have been discharged after quarantined and all of them were
I don't think there is anything to fear but we have taken all
necessary steps to prevent any threat" added Dr. Jegathesan.