SL beach volleyball teams eye Olympic qualification
Sri Lanka’s Chameera Lakshan Gunawardena is currently at the eighth
slot with four more races to go in the men's Techno 293 wind surfing
event with 40 net points yesterday. He was placed 7th in yesterday’s
race which was the sixth race in their category. His teammate Priyantha
Gunawardena is currently the last in this category with 62 net points.
The Asian Youth Games 2009 T293 wind surfing champion Wei Bipeng is
leading the points table with five points net.
Sri Lankans participate in the Techno 293 type of wind surfing for
the first time and they had to compete with the best in the sport.
Sri Lankan beach volleyball team left the Asian Beach Games Village
last evening to participate in the London Olympics Qualifying tournament
in Fuzhou, capital of the Fujian Province in China, where they will give
their last shot at Olympic qualification. The more experienced duo,
Mahesh Perera and Wasantha Rathnapala, who were placed 8th at the 2010
Asian Beach Games, will join the Sri Lanka team for the Olympic
Qualifiers at Fuzhou.
The women's teams will be the same for Sri Lanka at the Olympic
Qualifiers. Gnanasagari Gunasingha and Nirosha Lakmini will be the first
team and the other team will comprise Thakshila Nilanjalee and Geethika
Gunawardena. Sri Lanka men's team will go on with the best they got,
including Pubudu Kumara and Nalin Peiris instead of Asanka Pradeep
Kumara and Malintha Yapa who will return to Sri Lanka. Asked why the
number-one beach volleyball duo in Sri Lanka, Asanka and Yapa not
playing in the Olympic Qualifiers, Sri Lanka beach volleyball team
manager Bandara Herath said that the reason was two teams’ Asian ranks.
“It is true that they are on top when it comes to the Sri Lankan
rankings. But Pubudu and Nalin are ahead of them when it comes to the
Asian rankings,” added Bandara.
Kabaddi teams in action from today
Sri Lankan men's and women's kabaddi teams will play their
preliminary round match today. Sri Lankan women will play against
Bangladesh in their first appearance today while the men will meet
Thailand in a group-B match.
Beach volleyball gold for Thailand
Thailand won the gold medal in the beach volleyball womens event when
they beat China 2-1 (23-21, 16-21, 14-16) in a highly contested
three-setter final at the Haiyang beach last morning. Chinese Taipei
beat Kazakhstan 2-1 (21-16, 18-21, 15-13) to win the bronze medal after
another hard fought battle. In the men's segment, two teams from
Kazakhstan secured both silver and bronze medals. Indonesia beat
Kazakhstan 2-0 (22-20, 20-17) to win the gold medal while the second
Indonesian team was beaten by Kazakhstan quite comfortably, 2-0 (21-13,
21-12) to secure the bronze medal.