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2 Sri Lankan archers go missing in S. Korea

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Two Sri Lankan national level Archery players who went to South Korea for expert training in the sport have gone missing in that country recently, it has been reported to ‘Daily Mirror’.

The Sri Lanka Archery Association (SLAA) sent a team of five players and a coach for the training session with the approval of the Ministry of Sports. However, two players disappeared without informing the team management or other players as soon as they arrived at the South Korea airport.

The World Archery Asia Development Committee held the 2023 World Archery Asia (WAA) Challenge and joint training programme for athletes in the Asian region from August 21 to 25 at Wouju Koranju Archery Centre, South Korea.

Five highly qualified players from the Archery National Development Pool established by SLAA were selected to participate in the training session. Among them, two archers from the Army and Navy have gone missing in South Korea.

It has been learned that the two athletes in question have disappeared when the Sri Lanka archery team arrived in South Korea from Katunayake Airport and were travelling in the bus to go to the residential centre.

As a result only three players and the coach have participated in the Korea Archery training session.

To an inquiry made by ‘Daily Mirror’ about the disappearance of two athletes in Korea, SLAA president Roshan Kadanatachchi said, “Yes, it is a true incident. According to the report we received from the manager, the Director Sports Department of Sports Development, Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Navy sports authorities have been informed.”

“Going to international matches or training sessions and disappearing in foreign countries is a very unpleasant incident. In order to avoid such incidents, we as an association have decided not to nominate players for such trips from now on. But it is a great loss from the side of the sport,” the SLAA president added.

Meanwhile, 11 athletes, coaches and managers of the Sri Lankan team participating in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games in England went missing and the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) has failed to find any information about them until now.

This is regarded as the largest number of missing people in an international tournament in the history of Sri Lankan sports. Some sports analysts believe that the disappearance of the archery players in Korea is a consequence of the lack of action taken by the NOCSL and government authorities in previous incidents.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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