Written by Amani Nilar
17 Sep, 2022 | 3:45 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – President Ranil Wickremesinghe says that cricket team captain Dasun Shanaka and the team took advantage of their defeats and made themselves stronger to advance forward to the Asian Cup.
The President, speaking further, said that it is not difficult to lead the country towards victory in the face of the world if the team continues to think in the same way.
The President also pointed out that working together as a team helped them to win.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe was addressing the felictation ceremony held for the Sri Lankan athletes who won their respective Asia-level wins; the Cricket team and the team which won the Asian Netball Championship, in addition to the medalists of Commonwealth Games.
Meanwhile, at the request of Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka Cricket took steps to present Rs. 2 million to each player in the Netball team symbolizing its support towards the sport.
Sri Lanka won 4 medals in the 22nd Commonwealth Games held recently in Birmingham, Britain.
Palitha Bandara won the silver medal in the discus throw event in the para sports category, while Yupun Abeykoon won the 100m event, Nethmi Ahimsa Poruthota in the women's 57kg wrestling competition and Dilanka Isuru Kumara won the bronze medals in the weightlifting 55kg category.
The silver medalist was awarded Rs.10 million from the sports fund, each bronze medalist was awarded Rs. 05 million and their coaches were awarded 25% of the same value.
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