South Asia’s fastest man, Yupun Abeykoon will not take part in the Asian Games slated to start later this month.
The statement from his management team is as follows:
Sri Lankan sprint sensation, Yupun Abeykoon, has announced his withdrawal from the much-anticipated Asian Games set to kick off in China on September 23, 2023. This decision comes as a result of an injury Yupun sustained during his recent race, which has hindered his full recovery.
Yupun Abeykoon, who has been a shining star in Sri Lankan athletics, was poised to represent the nation with great pride and dedication at the Asian Games. However, his unwavering commitment to his sport, coupled with a deep sense of responsibility for his health, has led him to make this difficult decision. The past few days with an observation from his team Italy does not show any positivity that he has the same ability to go for the achievement he wanted to achieve as he had at the beginning of the year which was to win a medal for Sri Lanka.
Therefore, this is not a presentable time for him to show his best performance at a major competition like this and also health wise it would be a higher risk he has to take which could affect the future of his career.
“I am truly devastated that I won’t be able to compete in the Asian Games this year,” said Yupun Abeykoon. “I was looking forward to representing Sri Lanka on the international stage, but my injury has not healed as quickly as I had hoped. I believe it is in my best interest to focus on my recovery and come back stronger in the future.”
Yupun Abeykoon’s performances on the track have been nothing short of remarkable, and his dedication to the sport has made him a role model for aspiring athletes in Sri Lanka and beyond. The Athletic Association of Sri Lanka fully supports his decision and wishes him a speedy and complete recovery.
The Association is now working on the necessary procedures to officially withdraw Yupun
Abeykoon from the Asian Games 2023.
Despite this setback, Yupun Abeykoon remains optimistic about his future in athletics and is determined to make a triumphant return to competitive racing once he has fully recovered.
Thank you all for your continuous support.