Himasha leaves island


Former South Asia’s fastest man Himasha Eashan, who was banned for 4 years for using prohibited substances, has left the country, his coach Chaminda Perera confirmed to Ceylon Today.

According to the coach, Eashan, a soldier attached to the Artillery Regiment of Sri Lanka Army, left the island seeking employment in Italy.

The South Asian Games medallist was found positive for a banned substance during a random test conducted by SLADA on 26 October 2021, where the Disciplinary Committee of the Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency (SLADA) recommended a 4-year ban.

In a letter addressed to the athlete, SLADA said yesterday that the disciplinary Committee which conducted an inquiry on 3 June 2022 had found him guilty of violating doping rules.

The committee has banned him for four years from 26 October 2021 to 25 October 2025.

The Anti-Doping authorities collected the 27-year-old’s urine sample at the Army quarters in Narahenpita and is now banned from engaging in all sports activities for four years. However, the SLADA letter states that the athlete is entitled to appeal against the ban.

Himasha was provisionally suspended last year following the positive result, but the disciplinary inquiry had to be postponed on more than one occasion after the athlete informed the committee of his unavailability due to various reasons.

Eashan is the only Sri Lankan athlete to test positive twice for usage of banned substances. He was first tested in 2012 when he was still 17-years-old.  He made a return after authorities reduced the ban considering his age.

Chaminda Perera has been his coach on both occasions.

“I will be appealing on behalf of the athlete seeking a reduced sentence, and Eashan is ready to train in Italy if it is successful. Otherwise, he won’t be returning to athletics following the four-year ban,” said Perera.

“I tried to contact Director General of SLADA, Dr. Seevali Jayaweera, several times without success, and hoping to meet him soon. I will also meet Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe to discuss the matter,” added Perera.

Eashan was once the fastest runner in South Asia. He won the Gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games setting a South Asian 100m record with 10.26 seconds, which he later shattered clocking 10.22 seconds in 2019, which is his personal best.

Eashan has represented Sri Lanka at many international championships, including Asian Junior, World Junior, World Indoor Championship, Commonwealth Games and Asian Championship, and is a member of Sri Lanka’s record shattering 4x100m team.

His South Asian 100m record was later shattered by Yupun Abeykoon, who renewed it on numerous occasions before running 9.96 seconds a few weeks ago.



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