Vidanage gets car, Subashini gets raw deal
Director General of Sports, P. Satharasinghe says that if any athlete feels that he or she has faced injustice by not being selected for special awards at the National Sports Festival, he or she can make an appeal.
For the first time in the history of the game, a luxury motor car, five motor bicycles and 15 lap top computers were presented to leading athletes who had done excepetionally well in their respective sports.
Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Weight lifter Chinthana Geethal Vidanage established a new Sri Lanka record and three meet records at the three day event in Kandy to be adjudged as the most outstanding sportsman of the festival. He was presented a Fiat motor car which is worth four million rupees.
However, the talk of the town was that women’s athlete Chandrika Subhashini Rasnayake of North Western Province was given a raw deal even after winning four gold medals in the National Sports festival. Her name was not among the top award winners but she was given a lap top computer.
Weight lifter Chinthana Vidanage is awarded the keys of his car by the chief guest at the event, Chamal Rajapaksa, the Speaker of the House.
(By Namal Pathirage)
Chinthana Geethal Vidanage (Weight Lifting)
Manjula Kumara (High Jump)
Gihara Amarasinghe (Swimming)
V. W. K. Paththapperuma (Gymnastic)
H. M. D. C. Wannithilaka (Netball)
Pramila Prandu (Baseball)
Lap Top Computers
Chandrika Subashini (Athletics)
D. D. D. Abesekara ( Weight Lifting)
Diluka Thibbatumullage (Swimming)
N. P. S. Jayaweera (Boxing)
R. D. C. Gunasekara (Judo)
S. A. J. Surath (Volleyball)
R. D. J. Siriwardhana (Kabadhi)
Dilan Kaushalya (Football)
P. M. A. P. Sandamali ( Taekwondo)
Ishara Madurangi (Table Tennis)
Chandrika De Silva (Badminton)
Suranga Muthunayake (Soft ball Cricket)
Anura Bandara (Hockey)
Sameera Suresh (Elle)
W. C. S. Silva (Karate)
Pics by, Janaka Gappaththi