Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

ARMY ATH­LET­ICS & SPORTS­MAN­SHIP REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

- Con­cept text and Pix by: Direc­torate of Me­dia - Sri Lanka Army Sports · Olympic Games · Sri Lanka · Dessau · Germany · Sri Lankan Army · Sri Lanka Cricket

Since the day Dun­can White won the Silver Medal in 400m in 1948 Olympics, mem­bers of the Sri Lanka Army have been fly­ing the lion flag high in the in­ter­na­tional arena of sports, con­sid­er­ing it as one of their prime as­sign­ments. To this date, the Army has made a name for it­self by pro­duc­ing the best sets of ath­letes and sports­men to the coun­try both at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. It was the Army, which col­lected the most num­ber of medals at the South Asian Games (SAG) last year.

Con­sid­er­ing most re­cent gains, a to­tal of 50 plus Army sports­men and women com­peted in the SAG rep­re­sent­ing Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka bagged 40 Gold Medals, 83 Silver Medals and 128 Bronze Medals and emerged the third place with a to­tal tally of 251 medals as it ended. 85 medals, out of the 251 medals were bagged by Army ath­letes in the SAG, in­deed a new record for Sri Lanka.

It is also worth­while to men­tion here the Army’s con­tri­bu­tion to the growth of Sri Lankan cricket in the past couple of years by pro­duc­ing world-class bats­men and play­ers who brought fame to the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the coun­try alike.

It is equally sig­nif­i­cant to note here that fe­male Army ath­letes too com­pet­ing in, Karate, Weight-lift­ing, Swim­ming, Tae-kwando, Wushu, Ta­ble Tennis, Cy­cling, Vol­ley­ball, Bad­minton, Hand­ball, Archery, Shoot­ing, Wrestling, Judo, etc. Mean­while, they proved their ath­letic prow­ess by col­lect­ing more and more medals in Track events, Ri­fle Shoot­ing, Baseball, Body­build­ing, Kabaddi, Weight Lift­ing and Power Lift­ing, etc More re­cently, Yupun Abeykoon; Sri Lankan sprinter has set a new na­tional and South Asian record in the men’s 100m event, in the meet held in Des­sau, Ger­many with a siz­zling record of 10.16 sec­onds.

The Army’s con­tri­bu­tion to Sri Lanka sports and ath­let­ics, no doubt would grow from strength to strength in the com­ing years in the world map of sports and atlet­ics.

Con­sid­er­ing most re­cent gains, a to­tal of 50 plus Army sports­men and women com­peted in the SAG rep­re­sent­ing Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka bagged 40 Gold Medals, 83 Silver Medals and 128 Bronze Medals and emerged the third place with a to­tal tally of 251 medals as it ended. 85 medals, out of the 251 medals were bagged by Army ath­letes in the SAG, in­deed a new record for Sri Lanka.

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Printed and Pub­lished by Wijeya News­pa­pers Ltd, on 10 Oc­to­ber 2020 at No 8, Hunupi­tiya Cross Road, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.
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