Monday, August 1, 2016

Lankan unforeseen leaves for Rio

Sri Lanka's ten-part unforeseen for the XXX1st summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was planned to leave for Brazil in the early hours of today (1) with veteran marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray as the general commander.

The 38-year-old long separation expert, who deleted Asian Games gold medallist S.L.B.Rosa's 40-year-old Sri Lanka marathon record recently, came to Colombo a week ago following a month-long spell in Kenya. Cooray, who will contend in his third Olympic Games after 2004 Athens and 2012 London, is sure that he could better his Sri Lanka mark.

"My objective is to complete the race in two hours and 12 to 13 seconds, if everything goes fine.

In the event that I could accomplish that objective, I ought to have the capacity to complete inside the initial ten runners," the UK-based Lankan competitor said.

"I think we have a solid unforeseen and every one of them ought to have the capacity to make their nearness felt and at any rate reestablish their separate Sri Lanka records. Four of our individuals have accomplished qualifying gauges and they could enhance further in Rio," he said. The Lankan unforeseen is planned to go to the most recent Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro by means of Dubai and Sao Paulo. After their landing in Sao Paulo, Brazil's Guarulhos–Governador AndrĂ© Franco Montoro International Airport, famously referred to locally as Cumbica Airport, they will take a hour long local flight to Rio de Janeiro.

The Lankan Olympians are taking a long 36-hour venture with two travel focuses, however will get adequate time to settle down before the 206-country Games start on Friday with a staggering opening function. Be that as it may, the main occasion for a Lankans will be on Sunday (7) when five-time South Asian Games gold medallist Kimiko Raheem contends in ladies' 100m backstroke qualifying round warms.

In any case, winning an Olympic decoration will be a far off objective for Sri Lanka which has won just two awards in the 120-year-old Olympic Games' history – a silver each by Duncan White in London 1948 and Susanthiya Jayasinghe in Sydney 2000. By the by, they will make each attempt to make it at any rate to semi-finals or finals of their individual orders.

From Sri Lanka's perspective, they have two striking accomplishments even before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. Without precedent for the 12-decade long Games' history, a Sri Lankan swimmer has accomplished qualifying guidelines to contend in Rio (Mattew Abeysinghe) while Chamila Nuwan Darmawardana will turn into the main ever Lankan judoka to contend in Olympic Games.

Every single athletic occasion, other than the men's and ladies' marathon at which Sri Lanka will field Cooray and Niluka Geethani Rajasekara, will be worked off at the Rio Olympic Stadium, initially worked for the 2007 Pan American Games. Seating limit has been incidentally extended for the super occasion however its track has been totally transferred. Not at all like at most other Olympic Games, the opening and shutting functions of the Rio 2016 Games won't be arranged at the authority athletic venue.

Rather, the two functions booked for August 5 and 21 separately will happen at fabulous Maracana Stadium, the notorious venue which was modernized when Brazil facilitated the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Maracana Stadium will likewise have certain key matches of the Olympic men's and ladies' football competitions, including semi-finals and the two finals.

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