The selection committee of the Crysbro-National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Next Olympic Champ” programme added the remaining eight nominees for the two-year scholarship programme conducted by the twosome.
The main aim of this programme is to help and sustain identified junior athletes of Sri Lanka and elevate them to be the next contenders of the top tier athletes and produce medal winners with eye for the third Olympic Medal in Lankan history.
Under this programme, each athlete gets an accumulated amount of Rs. 47,000.00 per month for their training.
Describing the present status of the programme one of the senior organisers said “Right now these young athletes are engaged only in training as a result of the prevailing Pandemic situation so keeping a tab on improvement is rather hypothetical, but only the competition gets back to normal it would be business as usual”.
The full list of names are: -- Kanas Kumar Danushan – Golf [M], Amandhika Amarasinghe – Shooting [F], Madabavitage Tehan Sanchith Rayman – Boxing [M], Sudhdhathcharige Nethmi Nimthera – Boxing [F], H.H. Ravindu Sithum Jayasundara – Athletics [M], D.M.T.D. Tharushi Karunarathne – Athletics [F], W. Deshan Kapila Kumara – Weightlifting [M], R.L. Sachini Rajika Laksarani – Weightlifting [F], Pitiyage Don Senura Dilanka Silva - Table Tennis [M], A.D. Nadila Nethviru – Gymnastics [M], U.L. Tharinda Mandara Premakumara – Taekwondo [M], M. Senori Sasadara Fernando – Taekwondo [F], Kaluarachchige Sithuli Sodithya (F) - Athletics (High Jump), W.A. Ishara Samanmalee (F) - Athletics (Long Jump), T.O. Vinod Ariyawansa (M) - Athletics (400m Hurdles), M.D. Madushika Premarathna (F) – Weightlifting, Bimandi Bandara (F) - Table Tennis, H. Anju Minuwandana de Silva (M) – Weightlifting, D.A. Wenuka Kithnula (M) – Tennis, P. Nethmi Ahinsa Fernando (F) – Wrestling.
Seneka Gunaratne - Athletics [Co-opted scholarship (Only recognition for promotion)] [F]
Milka Gehani - Gymnastics [Co-opted scholarship (Only recognition for promotion)] F]
Source : https://olympic.lk/nocnews/352