The initial plan was to send 185 athletes (138 men and 47 women), making it the largest contingent from Sri Lanka for a single edition of the Asian Games. However, the athletic team was cut from 25 to 14, trimming the total number of participants down to 174 (128 men and 46 women).
The Amateur Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AAASL) has dropped the Men’s 4x100m relay team, a long jumper, and a 1,500M runner from the final athletic squad. The overall team count will still turn out to be the largest to represent the country in the games.
The revised list didn’t include Himasha Eshan and Sumeda Ranasinghe, who are definite medal prospects, particularly in Asia.
Athletic Team for Asian Games 2018
Aruna Darshana (Men 400m and 4x400M relay), Kalinga Kumarage (Men 400m and 4x400M relay), Indunil Herath (Men 800M), Ajith Premakumar (4x400M relay), Pasindu Kodikara (4x400M relay), Dilip Ruwan (4x400M relay), Ushan Thiwanka (High Jump) and Janaka Prasad Wimalasiri (Long Jump).
Rumeshika Ratnanayke (Women 200M), Nimali Liyanarachi (Women 800M), Gayanthika Abeyrathne (Women 800M), Nilani Ratnayake (Women 300M SteepleChase), Hiruni Wijeratne (Women 10,000M) and Upamali Ratnakumari (Mixed 4x400M relay).
More about Asian Games 2018
The 18th edition of the Asian Games is all set to be held from the 18th of August to the 2nd of September in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. A total of 45 nations will part in 465 events associated with 40 sports in general.
E-Sports and Canoe Polo will feature as demonstration sports, whereas E-Sports will be a medal event in 2022.
Sri Lanka will participate in 28 sports, making its debut in baseball, canoeing, roller sports, and triathlon. The strong national swimming team will consist of five male swimmers. Meanwhile, the Men’s Rugby Sevens team ranked 4th in Asia will look to finish in the top 3.
In the 2014 Asian Games, Sri Lanka finished with 1 Gold and 1 Bronze medal, both in Cricket.
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