Niluka raring to go
Sri Lanka's star shuttler Niluka Karunarathne said that his sole aim
was to strike hard and play at his best in order to be victorious.
The champion shuttler who will play in London Olympics in two months
time, says that he dedicated years for badminton and sweat a lot despite
all the obstacles to achieve this feat and he will do his best to bring
honour to motherland. He said so while addressing the media at a press
briefing at the 80 Club, Colombo on Monday evening.
Niluka Karunarathne addressing the
media during the event. McLarens Group Managing Director
Rohan de Silva, Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara,
Sri Lanka Badminton Association president Parakrama
Basnayake, McLarens Director Dinesh Jayawardena and Sri
Lanka National Olympic Council President Hemasiri Fernando
The occasion was organized by McLarens Group of Companies to
felicitate their brand ambassador, Niluka Karunarante upon his
qualification for London Olympics.
He had undergone training and practice with he guidance of renowned
national and international coaches which helped him to reach Olympics.
"I missed Olympics on two previous occasions and now I am going to do
my best" he said. It is vital to keep in form and work according to a
well organized schedule, I will be having through practice to play
against the best players in the world he added. Niluka said that at
present he is at the peak of his performance and would continue for
anther two years. "I am sure I am at my best now and want to continue, I
am physically and mentally ready for Olympic games", Sri Lanka's number
one shuttler emphasized.
Asked whether he is satisfied with the service and standard of the
badminton coaches in Sri Lanka, Niluka sees the need of upgrading their
standards and the need to gain experience from internationally qualified
"The Olympic draw will be on June 22 and then I will know who my
opponents will be and hope to work accordingly. My from and skill is
important but the context and the playing conditions also are important
to win a game", he stressed.
Niluka was satisfied with the sports ministry's support for his
career and specially in preparing for Olympics. "I receive a monthly
allowance from the ministry", he said.
Niluka, during past year and a half made a rapid progress and moved
up in the WWF ranking to reach 47. He is ranked 30 out of 38 shuttlers
who got qualified for London Olympic.