Jun 01, 2021

8 athletes, 15 officials & 6 journos for SL contingent to Olympics Featured

A contingent comprising eight athletes and 15 officials will take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be held from July 23 to August 8 in Japan, said Sri Lanka’s National Olympic Committee (NOC).

A statement released by NOC secretary Maxwell de Silva stated that six journalists too would join the contingent and that the cost incurred for all of them and the VIPs would amount to Rs 22 million.

He said of the total expenditure, 41.4 per cent (Rs 9.2 million) will be given by the NOC while 58.7 (Rs 12.9) will be provided by the Sports Ministry.

Of the Rs 12.9 provided by the Sports Ministry, a sum of Rs 5.7 million will be spent to provide accommodation, air tickets and other COVID-19 related expenses for VIPs and 6 journalists.

Besides, a sum of Rs one million is to be spent for transporting the horse of the athlete who is taking part in horseback riding while another Rs 400,000 is allocated to transprt the equipment of the athlete who is taking part in shooting games.

Social media reported that Sri Lanka would be represented by over 50 officials from different capacities apart from the said eight athletes.

However NOC, in its statement, confirmed that the maximum number of participants would be 15, including athletes, their coaches, managers, masseurs and administration officials.