Sri Lankan swimmer Matthew Abeysinghe is a medal hope in the freestyle events. © ThePapare.comGames News
Date : 09 Jul 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka, July 9, 2018: Sri Lanka will send its largest ever delegation to the 18th Asian Games, with 185 athletes in 28 sports heading for Jakarta and Palembang. “We want to give everyone the opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Suresh Subramaniam, President of Sri Lanka NOC.
“It is a record number of athletes, but the size of the squad has been inflated due to the fact that a number of team sports will be participating. We are doing this because we want to promote team sports, apart from supporting individual athletes, too,” Subramaniam added.
The 28 sports are: Aquatics (swimming), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Roller Sport, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball (Indoor and Beach), Weightlifting, Wrestling, Wushu.
There are 138 men and 47 women among the total of 185 athletes who will be taking part. This will include a 12-member women’s team in kabaddi for the first time.
It is expected that more than 60 officials – managers, coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, trainers, masseurs etc. - will also accompany the team, taking the Sri Lankan contingent to more than 250.
“We have submitted the entire list to the Ministry of Sports and it is subject to their approval,” revealed Maxwell de Silva, NOC Secretary General.
“We want to send the right message to all the Federations – to let them know that ‘if you are serious, then we are serious too’. We will then give them the opportunities to represent Sri Lanka at major international events like the Asian Games,” De Silva said.
The 18th Asian Games will run from August 18 to September 2 with 40 sports and 67 disciplines.
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