Tamil Diaspora to protest against Lankans at London Olympics
The second contingent of the Sri Lanka Olympic team comprising Badminton player Thilini Jayasinghe and Rifle Shooter Mangala Samarakone along with top rankers of the National Olympic Committee led by its head Hemasiri Fernando arrived in London last afternoon aboard Sri Lankan airways flight UL 505.
The players will begin their warming up today. However there are strong rumours that the vociferous Tamil Diaspora of England is planning to demonstrate against the Lankan participation and it is said that they will take to the streets on Friday — when the games are officially declared opened.
On the 28th both shuttlers Niluka Karunaratne and Thilini Jayasinghe will be the first Lankans to be in action.
Jayasinghe told the Daily Mirror that her first opponent will a strong Thai player and her second opponent on the 29th would be a Portuguese player. However she has to win both matches to move into the next stage.
Amidst the Olympic fever the atmosphere in England is quite hot even weather wise — with scale reaching a sweaty 32c.
While the English boarder security being beefed up the news that gripped and baffled the English media and the entire security system as to how an eleven-year-old boy whose identity has been withheld so far was found mid air aboard an international flight that took off from the Manchester Airport without a boarding pass, passport or family. It is said that the boy was discovered aboard the plane by passengers and not the aircraft staff. Now the media is suspecting a backlash of tighter security as the major part of the VIPs are expected to arrive at the Heathrow airport tomorrow. Along with the scaled up preparations, there is another impending threat that the home-office staff who is responsible manning the immigration counters at the airport would work to rule or strike over expected job cuts in the near future.
By S R Pathiravithana