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    Hasini takes first gold medal at Youth Olympics

    October 16, 2018

    Hasini Ambalangodage and her team AlFA won the Gold medal in the mixed international relay badminton at the Youth Olympic Games which is now in progress in Argentina. Her team consisted of seven other shuttlers from USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, India, Cambodia and Sweden.Hasini from Vishaka College Colombo said this was a great chance to win a gold medal in this mixed international relay event.

    “I had to play with other players in my group. Our team consisted of four boys and four girls and we had to play ten matches. Finally the team which obtained 110 points won this game. This is a very good experience and winning gold at the Youth Olympic is very special for me,” said young Hasini.

    Tony Wahyudi, the Indonesian coach who is the present national coach to the Sri Lanka team also said this mixed international relay is a good experience for Hasini. “She works hard at practices with me. Finally she was lucky to be a member of the winning team to take gold at this youth Olympics.”

    Meanwhile Sri Lankan Badminton Management Committee president Nishantha Jayasinghe said Hasini’s performance was very high.

    “The last time at this same youth Olympics Sachin Dias took a bronze medal. At this stage her medal is so vital for Sri Lanka. Actually so far Hasini is the only medal winner for Sri Lanka in this Youth Olympics. She has a good future and she has already got good exposure from this event,” the badminton chief said.

    “We have good youngster’s like Hasini but we should give more international experience to them,” said Jayasinghe. He also appreciated the National Olympic Committee’s support in giving all facilities to Hasini for her success.

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