Road to Tokyo: Dialog powers SL Paralympics Contingent
Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, powers a 9-member strong contingent led by Javelin star Dinesh Priyantha Herath, for the 2020 Paralympic Games in August At the London Games in 2012, Pradeep Sanjaya secured a bronze medal in the 400-meter T46 category with a timing of 49.28 seconds to secure Sri Lanka›s first podium finish at the Paralympics.
At the 2016 Rio Games, Herath secured a Bronze in the men’s javelin throw, and also bagged a Silver in 2019 at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The flag bearer of the ‘Road to Tokyo’ team, Herath will compete in the F46 Javelin, whilst Samitha Dulan and Sampath Hettiarachchi will take part in F44 and F64 Javelin.
Palitha Bandara will line up in F42 Shot Put and Maduranga Subasinghe will compete in the T47 400M. Kumudu Priyanka will take part in T45/46 100m and Long Jump, and Ranjan Dharmasena will be serving for the country in Wheelchair Tennis.
Sampath Bandara and Mahesh Jayakody will aim for medals in Archery and Rowing. Dialog is the proud sponsor of the National Paralympics Committee and the Sri Lanka Army Para Games Committee since 2015, and first sponsored the Sri Lanka Paralympic contingent in 2000, followed by 2004, 2008 and 2012, including the sponsorship of the National Para Sports Festival.
Maj. Gen. J.R. Ampemohotti, the Chef de Mission of the Sri Lanka contingent said: “Sri Lankan Paralympians have performed admirably by winning consecutive medals during the last two Games in London and Rio. Despite restrictions to training due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has worked hard to do what it takes to climb the podium, and hence, we are confident on securing more medal in Tokyo. “I would also like to thank our principal sponsor, Dialog Axiata, who has been a strong, encouraging and long-term partner of sports for persons with disabilities and whose tireless efforts at national and international level have helped our athletes bring glory to the country,” Maj. Gen. Ampemohotti further said. “As a Company that has deep roots in Sri Lanka’s national sports, we are proud to have come forward to continue our decade old partnership with the National Paralympics Committee,” said Harsha Samaranayake, Senior General Manager – Brand and Media, Group Marketing, Dialog Axiata PLC.
“Our Paralympians in the recent past have shown that Sri Lankan athletes can perform at the highest level in world sports. I wish them all the success for a podium finish at the 2020 Tokyo Games.” Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of Sri Lanka’s National Cricket, Rugby, Volleyball and Netball teams.
The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Club Rugby, Schools Rugby, Premier Football, Schools’ Cricket, Junior Volleyball and Paralympic sports – whilst also powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lanka contingent to the World Paralympic Games. Pic by Kelum Chamara