Sri Lanka Athletics (SLA) has invited athletes from seven countries to take part in the 100th National Athletics Championship 2022 which will be part of their centenary celebration. The Championship will be held at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium Diyagama from 8 to 10 April.
SLA has invited athletes from India, Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Vietnam and Nepal to take part in the championship, where over 700 local athletes are set to compete. President of SLA, Maj. Gen. (rtd) Palitha Fernando said the inclusion of international athletes will increase the competition level of the event, which will be beneficial for local athletes.
This will also be Sri Lanka’s final selection trial for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England and Asian Games in China, where only long jumper Sarangi Silva, 1500m runner Gayanthika Abeyrathne and javelin thrower Sumedha Ranasinghe have achieved qualification standards.
A Symposium will be held at BMICH on 7 April to mark Sri Lanka Athletics centenary celebration which will be graced by several distinguished guests, including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was a former President of SLA.
This occasion will also be graced by some of Sri Lanka’s greatest athletes ever to come to light, such as Olympian Susanthika Jayasinghe, Damayanthi Darsha, Sugath Tillakaratne and co. AASL has made arrangements to invite close to 400 persons for this historic event, including foreign delegations from friendly countries.
There will be a South Asian Athletics committee meeting on the same day to discuss matters related to next year’s South Asian Games to be held in Pakistan.
SLA has also shown its gratitude to their long-standing sponsor, SLT Mobitel, for joining the Association as their main sponsor to help conduct the National meet and enhance the level of quality in the event.