Trials to pick swimmers for big meets
All medal winners and the swimmers who represented Sri Lanka at the
11th South Asian Games held in Dhaka, Bangladesh in January, will
compete in the two-day swimming trials to pick swimmers for the
forthcoming 19th Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, India from
October 3 to 14 and 16th Asian Games in ‘Guangzhou’, China from November
The two-day trial will be held on June 8 and 9 at the Sugathadasa
Stadium pool, commencing a 8.30 a.m. on both days. According to Nethru
Nanayakkara, Secretary, Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) the
swimmers who perform according to standard set by SLASU will be selected
to swim at both prestigious meets.
But, the main selection will depend on the National Selection
Committee and the National Olympic Committee.
Heshan Unamboowe who a won gold in the 100 metres back stroke,
establishing new South Asian Games record and who also won two silver
medals and two bronze medals, Mineka Karunaratne who was the ‘star’
swimmer winning two gold medals in the 50 and 100 metres breast stroke
and silver in the 4 x 100 metres women’s relay, Miniruwani Samarakoon-two
silver and one bronze, Gihara Amarasinghe a silver and bronze, Conrad
Francis a silver and bronze, Diluk Thibbatumunawa - a bronze, C. B.
Wickremasinghe a bronze and Madhavee Weerathunga a silver and bronze
will make strong clans for places in the team.
Incidentally, both Heshan Unamboowe and Mineka Karunaratne have
qualified to swim at the 1st Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore
from August 14 to 26.
The competitors have been well informed about their individual events
and the qualifying timings to be obtained for selections added Nethru
The experienced aquatic controller J. A. S. Somachandra has been
selected as President of Association of the Technical Officials of
Aquatic Sports Union of Sri Lanka. The other members of the Executive
Committee are: S. K. Victor Peiris (Immediate Past President),
Vice-Presidents-Lalith Gamage, Kithsiri Dayananda, H. H. Chulasiri,
General Secretary - R. K. Sunil Ratnayake, Treasurer - E. J Rodney
Silva, Assistant Secretary - A.A.A. Perera, Auditor - S.M. Ranasinghe.
Committee Members: S. P. S. Lionel Keerthisinghe, Sunil Dissanayake,
Chaml Premarathna, S. J. S. Silva, J. A. R. D. Jayakoddy, R. K. A.
Gunawardena, B. A. Chinthaka Perera, P. Naradamel, P. S. P. Dayananda,
P. G. Nishan Rathnadeha, I. P. R. W. K. K. Kekulandera.