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Sri Lanka hires Serbian coaches for South Asian Games handball campaign

Date : 13 Aug 2019

Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 13, 2019: The Handball Federation of Sri Lanka have set their sights on golden glory at the South Asian Games and hired two high-performance coaches from Serbia to train the national squad until the December 1-10 Games in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Nedeljko Matic and Nenad Kraljsevski arrived in the island on August 1 on a four-month contract and have got down to work with the Sri Lanka men’s and women’s squad.

“There is a marked improvement in the performance of the national pool within a few days of their arrival,” Major General Dampath Fernando, President of the Handball Federation of Sri Lanka, was quoted by the Daily News in Colombo.

“We have been requesting the International Handball Federation for a long time to assist us in development by giving us expert coaches to train the national team. My grateful thanks go to the Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, Maxwell de Silva, for taking a personal interest in fulfilling our request and making it a reality.

“Having Serbian coaches to train the national pool of men and women is a major boost to our chances of winning a medal at the South Asian Games and also for the promotion of the sport islandwide,” Maj. Gen. Fernando added.

The national pool of men and women comprising 26 players each are training at an Army camp in Panagoda, on the outskirts of the capital Colombo.

Matic said: “My main focus will be on improving technique followed by developing the agility and power of the athletes. Don’t ask me about medals but I will make sure handball in Sri Lanka is spoken with respect after December.”

Handball is played in 58 schools around the island and also by the Armed Forces.

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