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New record for Tharushi

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Tharushi Karunarathna set an Asian Continental record in the Women’s 600m event at the Bilbao International Invitational Track and Field Athletic Meet in Spain.  

Karunarathna, participating in a Women’s 600m event for the first time, returned a time of 1:24.84s and went on to secure second place in this event.   

The meet was held targeting the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in France. The previous Women’s 600m Women’s Asian Continental record of 1:28.06s was held by Ayano Shomi of Japan in 2022.  

Bender Oboya of Australia with a time of 1:24.53s won first place while Maria de Lima of Brazil clocked 1:25.34s to claim third place.  

Meanwhile,  Kalinga Kumarage, participating in the Men’s 400m event, came third, clocking 45.91s. 

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Harin awards Rs. 1M to Olympic athletes

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Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has awarded financial sponsorship cheques of Rs. 1 million each to six athletes participating in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Additionally, prize money totaling Rs. 1280 lakh was distributed to athletes and coaches who secured medals and top-eight positions in the last Asian and Paralympic Games in Hangzhou, China.

Young sprinter Tharushi was among the highly rewarded, receiving Rs. 15 million for her Asian Games gold medal along with another Rs. 2.5 million for her relay medal.

Minister Fernando emphasized the significance of encouraging athletes even amidst the country’s financial crisis. 

He expressed his commitment to promoting sports and highlighted the importance of discipline in representing Sri Lanka. He urged athletes to dedicate themselves to achieving victory, meeting the high expectations of the nation.

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SL women’s squad announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the 15-member national squad to take part in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup 2024.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad. 

The Women’s Asia Cup will commence on the 19th July 2024 at the RDICS, Dambulla.

SL squad : Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala, Shashini Gimhani, Ama Kanchana

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Sri Lanka to host ICC AGM

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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