Sri Lanka’s star in the pool, Matthew Abeysinghe has been elected as captain of the Sri Lanka Swim squad that will be participating at the fast approaching South Asian Games 2019, in Kathmandu/Pokhara Nepal from the 1st to the 10th of December.

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A total of 19 swimmers, 11 Male and 8 female, have been deemed fit to represent the country in Nepal.

Matthew Abeysinghe, who broke the record for most Gold medals won at a South Asian Games at the 2016 edition, brought back 7 Gold medals, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze, winning 10 of his 11 events. He shattered the previous record established by Julian Bolling back in the 1991 South Asian Games.

Abeysinghe currently holds five South Asian Records and was also able to break a Sri Lankan record in the 400m Medley at the last edition. He is undoubtedly the best fit to lead the team and once again bring back a heavy match bag from the Pool.

National record holders Akalanka Peiris and Cherantha De Silva will be joining Abeysinghe in the charge. Below is the recommended Men’s team for the Games presented by the SAG selection committee.

Matthew Abeysinghe50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 100m Freestyle Relay, 200m Freestyle Relay
Akalanka Peiris50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle Relay
Kavindra Nugawela200m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle Relay ( R ), 200m Freestyle Relay ( R )
B D Shehan400m Freestyle, 1500m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle
Shevinda De Silva50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 
Kiran Jaasinghe50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke, 200m Breaststroke, 
Cherantha De Silva50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, 100m Freestyle Relay, 
Sandev Senarathne200m Butterfly, 
Revan Senaratna400m Individual Medley
Stephan Perera100m Freestyle Relay, 200m Freestyle Relay
Kavin Weerasinghe ( R )200m Freestyle Relay ( R )

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While the men’s team looks a solid pick, the Women’s team still hangs in the balance with National sensation Kimiko Raheem pulling out due to an injury. Raheem was one of the key medal getters of the 2016 squad, winning five Gold medals along with a Silver. 

She was scheduled to participate in 6 events in Nepal this year, including the Relay and medals from all six were expected by the local authorities. However, with the exclusion of the US based swimmer, the selection committee will comb through the remaining swimmers for a suitable replacement, or even two. 

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Currently, the confirmed Womens team is as below.

Bhakthi Karunasena 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle Relay, 200m Freestyle Relay
Ramudi Samarakoon200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 800m Freestyle
Ganga Seneviratne50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke, 200m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle Relay, 200m Freestyle Relay
Aniqah Gaffoor50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly
Sandu Savindi50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 100m Freesyle Relay, 200m Freestyle Relay 
Shazna Mahir400m Individual Medley
Hiruki De Silva100m Freestyle Relay ( R )

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