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Special training for SL athletics team in China

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A Sri Lankan athletics team left for China on Saturday (02) to take part in a special training camp for three weeks.

The team consists of nine players along with two coaches.

Aruna Darshana, Kalinga Kumarage, Pabasara Nikoo, Rajitha Rajakaruna, Pasindu Kodikara, Dinuka Deshan, Nadisha Ramanayake, Jayeshi Uththara and Sayuri Mendis representing the 400m event joined the training.

Muddika Thushara joined the team as the coach while Vimukthi Soysa joined as the team manager.

As all these athletes are included in the Sri Lankan athletics team nominated for the Asian Games to be held in Hangzhou, China at the end of this month, this training camp will be a great help for the Sri Lankan athletes to achieve success in the Asian Games, experts said.

This special training camp is jointly organised by the National Olympic Committee, the Sri Lanka Athletics Association and the Chinese Athletics Federation, and sponsored by the Chinese Olympic Committee.

The athletic team joining the Asian Games is scheduled to leave for China on September 26.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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