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    Ready for National Sports Festival in Badulla

    October 20, 2019

    The 45th annual National Sports Festival will be held at the Vincent Dias stadium in Badulla from October 24 to 27.Medal winning athletes from the Uva Province Harjan Ratnayake and Shanika Rajapakse will light the Olympic Torch to mark the opening followed by a cultural pageant. At the completion of many other sports events Western Province leads the medals tally with a 178 medals (72 gold medals, 54 silver medals and 52 bronze medals) for men and women categories. They are followed by Central Province 76 medals (22 gold, 21 silver and 33 bronze). It is expected that Western Province will continue to dominate and emerge overall champions at the National Sports Festival.

    The second day’s events will start with the 1000 metre final at 6.30 am which will be followed by three women’s finals. Heats in the 5000m and 200m for men and women will follow.There will be nine finals for men and women and two semi-finals in the 200m for men and women to be worked out.The second session will commence at 2 pm with six finals to be worked off. They are Long Jump men, High Jump men, Discus Throw men, 400m Hurdles men, 400m Hurdles women and 200m women and men.

    Four finals will be worked off on the third day in the Pole Vault men, 800m women and men, Discus Throw for women and Shot Putt for men.All finals in athletics will be worked off on the final day.Athletes who are of national level are expected to produce their best effort with the aim to break many national records.This will enable them to reach qualifying standards set for selection to represent Sri Lanka at the South Asian Games to be held in December.Director General Sports said that athletes who have already attained qualifying standards are able to skip their events as any injuries could keep them away from the SA Games.
    Athletes who produce a high standard and achieve qualifying standards will be considered for selection for the SA Games.Athletes who also set new national records will be awarded with prize money amounting to Rs. 100,000 while the participants who set up new meet records are to receive Rs. 50,000 according to the organisers.

     

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