Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse has presented Paralympic Gold medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath with a new house at the Temple Trees on Wednesday (19).
35-year-old Herath who won gold in the F46 Javelin throw with a World Record of 67.79m at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, became the first Sri Lankan achieve such a feat.
After the historic achievement by Dinesh Priyantha, Sports Minister Namal Rajapakse came forward to felicitate the war hero and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse promised to present him wth a new house.
The Prime Minister, in his capacity as the Minister of Urban Development and Housing has instructed relevant authorities to expedite the provision of the house through a housing project implemented by the Urban Development Authority.
Herath received a new house in the Metro Homes Housing Complex at Slave Island. Sports Minister Namal Rajapakse praised the para-athletes’ performances and pointed out his suggestion to include Para athletic sporting events in the National Sports Festival in the future.
The Secretary to the Sports Ministry Anuradha Wijekoon, the Sports Director General Amal Edirisooriya, Major General Rajitha Ampemohotti the former President of National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Lt. Colonel Deepal Herath and senior officials of the Urban Development and Housing Authority were present at this occasion.