Former Asian gold medalist Ranga Wimalawansa who also represented Sri Lanka at Sydney Olympics in 2000 has formed an Athletic Foundation to support young and promising athletes in their financial needs. Wimalawansa’s foundation will be launched in Colombo in the near future.
Making an official statement Wimalawansa said: “I’m a young entrepreneur with a vision. I expect to run the foundation I’m going to initiate solely by my own funding. All sports lovers will have a great opportunity to help this cause by joining hands. Through this foundation I hope to support promising youngsters from all corners of the country with sporting gears, supplements and training assistance.”
Wimalawansa who hails from the Kalutara district received his primary education at Holy Cross Kalutara and later joined St. Peter’s College Colombo. He was a talented sprinter who went on to represent the country after receiving the guidance of veteran athletics coach Sunil Gunawardana. He represented Sri Lanka at Sydney Olympics, the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur (1998) and at many major international events. He has won many international medals in the 400 metre events.