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Nayana praises Miranda after guiding Carrim to record breaking performances

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by Reemus Fernando  

Long jumper Razwin Carrim of Lyceum International, Panadura will make Sri Lanka’s debut in the boys’ long jump at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships which will commence in Kuwait on October 13. The athlete trained by former national athlete Nayana Prasad has performed well during recent championships. His latest achievement was winning the Under 18 boys’ long jump at the Western Province Schools Athletics Championships which concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Wednesday.

Last month, Carrim reached Sri Lanka Athletics set qualifying standards for the biennial event when he won the event at the Sir John Tarbat Senior Athletics Championships with a record-breaking performance at Diyagama. He cleared a distance of 7.20 metres to a tail wind (+0.9) as he broke the 2016 meet record (7.17m) held by Isuru Malinda of Richmond.

“I have been coaching him since he was 13. His participation at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships will augur well for the athlete and his fellow training partners who too have done well at schools circuit,” said Nayana in an interview with The Island.

Good Shepherd Convent, Panadura athlete Harini Adithya, who won the Under 18 girls’ long jump at the Western Province Athletics Championships and St. Peter’s jumper Thevindu Sandil, the winner of the Under 16 boys’ long jump at the same meet are among a host of budding athletes training under Nayana, who is based in Panadura. Commenting on the success of his charges Nayana said that the knowledge he gained while working with Cuban coach Luis Miranda has helped his athletes do well.

“I am following the coaching methods of Miranda. Sri Lanka owes a great deal of her success in the jumping events in recent years to the expertise of Miranda. I was lucky to have worked with him,” said Nayana who is determined to guide the next generation of jumpers to top national level.

Nayana, who retired from athletics in 2013 was an assistant to Miranda from 2014 until the Sports Ministry decided to terminate the Cuban’s stint early this year. Despite not receiving an extension to his contract, Miranda continued to train top national athletes for months free of charge before leaving for Cuba. He has returned to Sri Lanka on his own recently to continue the good work and Nayana believes that his expertise will be of immense value to athletes yearning for success.



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Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe to promote women’s cricket

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Sri Lanka Cricket announced the appointment of Olympic Silver Medalist  Susanthika Jayasinghe as the ‘Consultant—Mentoring and Development of Women’s Cricket.”

Jayasinghe, one of the most decorated athletes produced by Sri Lanka and the only female athlete to win an Olympic medal for her country and the only Asian woman athlete to have won an Olympic medal in sprint events, will use her story of grit and determination to inspire the present and future generations of women cricketers in Sri Lanka.

Her appointment took effect on February 1, 2023.

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Sri Lanka leave out injured Hasini Perera for T20 World Cup

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Sri Lanka will be without Hasini Perera during the T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka have left out experienced campaigner Hasini Perera from their 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup after she suffered an injury. Perera, who was named in the original squad, was forced out after injuring her finger during a practice session.

She has been replaced by Sathya Sandeepani, whose only appearance for the national side came in the 2020 T20 World Cup encounter against runners-up India. Apart from the forced change, the Asian side have also made a couple of changes to their squad from the one that reached the Asia Cup final last October.

Rashmi Silva and Madushika Methtananda, two players who didn’t get an opportunity in the Asia Cup, have been left out of the squad for the World Cup in favour of Vishmi Gunaratne and Ama Kanchana. 17-year-old Vishmi made her debut in both T20Is and ODIs last year for Sri Lanka and the experienced Ama Kanchana, who made her T20I debut almost 10 years ago, has been recalled for the first time since the Commonwealth Games.

Chamari Athapaththu will lead the 15-member squad once again. Sri Lanka are in Group A alongside New Zealand, Bangladesh, hosts South Africa and defending champions Australia. They begin their campaign on the opening night (February 10) against South Africa at Newlands.

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Chamari Athapaththu (C), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya, Tharika Sewwandi, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Sathya Sandeepani.

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President’s Mahara and Sri Parakrama NS Kobeigane declared joint champions

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The captains of the two schools Mihilsara Oshan (President’s College) and Adeesha Lakshan (Sri Parakrama NS) are seen with the trophy here.

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President’s College Mahara and Sri Parakrama National School Kobeigane were declared joint champions of the Under 13 Division III cricket tournament after the final between the two schools ended in a no-decision at Ananda Sastralaya ground Kotte yesterday. In reply to President’s 183 runs, Sri Parakrama National School were 133 for five wickets when rain prevented further play.

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