YOG team preparatoryprogramme tomorrow

By Rangi Akbar

The final team for the first ever Youth Olympics Games (YOG) in Singapore was finalized last week. They will attend a preparatory programme at the National Olympic Committee Auditorium, Colombo 7 tomorrow (Monday July 19). This was announced by Mr. Nishanthe Piyasena Vice President of the Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka and the Chef De Mission of the Sri Lanka team to the YOG.

Rare honour for Lekha Shehani – Pic by Berty Mendis

The team consists of 14 members – Table Tennis Coach Chathura De Silva and Badminton Coach Shamal Aponso have been added to the original list – making it seven competitors, four coaches, a masseur, the Chef De Mission and a Lady Chaperone.Since Sri Lanka is unable to send a runner for the YOG Torch Relay, the NOC has asked a boy and a girl of Sri Lankan origin residing in Korea to represent the island at the Relay. These runners, who are between the ages of 12 to 18 years, the ages the YOG represents, are: Tanuka Abayasekera and Miss Ismini Amarasinghe.

The team is expected to leave on August 12. The following will represent Sri Lanka at the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held from August 14 to 28 in Singapore:

Chef De Mission: Mr. Nishanthe Piyasena, Lady Chaperone: Ms. Dilmini Direckze; Athletes (Qualified): Hasintha Shashirange Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda). Event: Table Tennis Singles; Heshan Unamboowe (Trinity College Kandy). Event: 100m Backstroke; Madhavee Weerathunga (Mahamaya College Kandy). Event: Swimming 50m Freestyle; Dilshan Kariyawasam (Ananda College Colombo). Event: Badminton Singles.

Universality Places: Indunil Herath (Walala Central Manikhinna). Event: Athletics – 1000m; Nuwani Navodya (Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda). Event: Table Tennis Singles; Lekha Shehani (Convent of Lady of Victories Moratuwa). Event: Badminton Singles.

Coaches: Jagath Rajapaksa (Table Tennis), Pemlath Uyanhewa (Swimming), Chathura De Silva (Table Tennis), Shamal Aponso (Badminton); Masseur: Mr. Donald Wijegunewardena.

Meanwhile Lekha Shehani, who is the Games Captain of Convent of Lady of Victories Moratuwa was accorded a grand reception on Friday by the Principal and the Sports Committee at the school hall on the occasion of her being picked to represent Sri Lanka at the first ever Youth Olympics. The Convent turned out the Red Carpet for her and wished her well at the YOG.

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