A pool of 36 swimmers have been drafted by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union to represent Sri Lanka at the 13th South Asian Games, scheduled to kick off on the 1st of December in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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With less than 4 months to go for the 13th South Asian Games, Sri Lankan athletes from across 27 different sports have been getting ready to earn their spot on the 605-member strong National pool for this year.

The Department of Sports Development will be providing SLASU with a stipend of Rs. 22,500 per swimmer, monthly, to conduct training sessions and to provide other necessary food and nutrition items to the athletes.

Getting things started, the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) has named a 36-member provisional squad to follow a training routine ahead of the Games. According to the draft, 30 swimmers will train locally under the specific training routine targeting the SAG while 6 will continue with their training overseas, where they are currently stationed.

In the list, 15 Men and 15 Women will be locally trained while 4 Men and 2 Women will be the ones continuing their individual training overseas. In the list are Sri Lanka’s top dogs Matthew Abeysinghe, Kyle Abeysinghe, Cherantha De Silva and Kimiko Raheem.

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Trials for final squad selection will happen in the near future, the dates are yet to be confirmed.

BoysGirls
01Dilanka Shehan01Hiruki De Silva
02Amrith Perera02Sanali Nuhansa
03C R Yogarathnam03Ramudi Samarakoon
04P Arukshan04Shanali Perera
05Revan Senarathna05Ganga Senevirathne
06Santhush Mallawathanthri06Minagi Rupasinghe
07Shevinda De Silva07Sandu Savindi
08Sandev Senarathne08Nabhashie Perera
09Dhinal Weerasinghe09Bhakthi Karunasena
10Akeleshwar Premanand10Vinoli Kaluarachchi
11R A Kumarajeewa11Akithmi Wasalathanthri
12Akalanka Peiria12Thilijana Parakramasinghe
13Manula Cooray13Dilrukshi Perera
14Chathusa Dalpathadu14Shenali Weerawansa
15Amjad Hassan15Oneli Yahampath
16Matthew Abeysinghe16Kimiko Raheem
17Kiran Jasinghe17Aniqah Ghaffoor
18Kyle Abeysinghe18
19Cherantha De Silva19

 

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The Sri Lankan Swimming contingent at the 2016 South Asian Games was the best performing team for Sri Lanka, collecting 39 medals in total which included 12 Gold, 16 Silver and 11 Bronze medals. 

Matthew Abeysinghe was Sri Lanka’s star performere, grabbing the most number of medals with 7 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze. The younger Raheem sister will return to swim for her nation after being the best performing female athlete at the previous Games, where she managed to grab 4 Gold medals and a Silver while breaking a South Asian Games record.

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