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Sri Lanka to field 37 athlets for Asian Youth Games 2013

2013-08-15 09:36:00 AIPS

The Sri Lankan team with some of the high-ranking sports officials of the country.

COLOMBO, August 14, 2013 - Sri Lanka will field 37 athletes in the 2nd Asian Youth games to be held in Nanjing China.Sri Lankan contingent took wings to China on August 14 with 15 officials.

The second edition of the Asian Youth Games will get underway from 16-24 at the Jiangsu Stadium in Nanjing.

Sri Lankans will compete in 7 a side Rugby, Athletics, Swimming, Shooting, Table Tennis, Wight Lifting, Tennis and Squash and look forward to better their results than in 2009 at the first edition of the Asian Youth Games.

Sri Lankan fielded 28 athletes in 2009 and won one silver and two bronze medals at the first outing.

This year edition will no doubt create a platform for the Sri Lankans to perform better when the island nation will host the 3rd Edition of the Asian Youth Games in Hambantota, Sri Lanka in 2017.

The opening ceremony of the event scheduled to be held on August 16 but the Games begins on August 15 with Handball and Football. The Sri Lankan weightlifters will take the field first when they start competing on August 17 and expected to finish their events by August 21. Lankan shooters will be in action from August 18-21.

Sri Lankan athletes will take on the field from August 19-22 while swimmers will perform from August 19-23.

Officially, there will be a total of 118 events in 16 sports, 6 more than that of the previous edition held at Singapore. Sri Lankan athletes compete fro 91 events expecting to bring motherland glory.

The 2013 Asian Youth Games will see 2633 athletes from 44 nations competing, (the only exception being Afghanistan) According to the Games' official website, Indian athletes participated the Games under the Olympic flag because the Indian Olympic Association was suspended due to political interference in December 2012

The mascot for the 2013 Asian Youth Games was unveiled in Nanjing on 31 October 2012. The mascot is called Yuan Yuan, is based on the image of Eosimias sinensis, the earliest higher primate to date found in Jiangsu. (By Hishan Welmilla, Editor in Chief - www.srilankasports.com)

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