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.

Boys Girls
01 Dilanka Shehan 01 Hiruki De Silva
02 Amrith Perera 02 Sanali Nuhansa
03 C R Yogarathnam 03 Ramudi Samarakoon
04 P Arukshan 04 Shanali Perera
05 Revan Senarathna 05 Ganga Senevirathne
06 Santhush Mallawathanthri 06 Minagi Rupasinghe
07 Shevinda De Silva 07 Sandu Savindi
08 Sandev Senarathne 08 Nabhashie Perera
09 Dhinal Weerasinghe 09 Bhakthi Karunasena
10 Akeleshwar Premanand 10 Vinoli Kaluarachchi
11 R A Kumarajeewa 11 Akithmi Wasalathanthri
12 Akalanka Peiria 12 Thilijana Parakramasinghe
13 Manula Cooray 13 Dilrukshi Perera
14 Chathusa Dalpathadu 14 Shenali Weerawansa
15 Amjad Hassan 15 Oneli Yahampath
16 Matthew Abeysinghe 16 Kimiko Raheem
17 Kiran Jasinghe 17 Aniqah Ghaffoor
18 Kyle Abeysinghe 18
19 Cherantha De Silva 19


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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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