20th Army Para Athletic Meet 700 Servicemen and 5 Koreans in the fray 2 Korean Olympians provide international flavour

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By 2017-11-18

20th Army Para Athletic Meet will be held from the 22nd to the 24th November at the Diyagama Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium and will be the final leg of the Army Para Games.

Sri Lanka Army athlete was the first to win an Olympic medal when Pradeep Sanjaya sprinted his way to a Bronze in the 400m at the 2012 Para Olympics while Dinesh Priyantha won a Bronze medal at the 2016 Para Olympic Games in F40 Javelin Throw.

Priyantha bettered his performance managing to win a Silver medal at London World Para Games earlier this year and will be looking to put up an even better performance at the upcoming competition.

This year, there will be five South Korean Para athletes that will take part in the Army Para Athletic Games, two of them being Olympic medallists. The Korean contingent is bound to provide the competition with much needed international flavour.

A total of 700 disabled servicemen, from across the 11 regiments will battle it out for top honours in 12 disciplines; Archery, Badminton, Cycling, Shooting, Table Tennis, Power Lifting, Wheelchair Marathon, Wheelchair Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball- Sitting, Beach Volleyball, Para Rowing and Athletics. While the rest of the disciplines have been completed, the athletic competition will act as the final leg of the games. The Army Para Games was hosted by Army for 20 years with the hope of giving an opportunity for servicemen incapacitated by the war. Over the years the games have evolved to include regulations of governing bodies such as the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are conducted and limited to three primary segments; visually impaired, physically impaired and the wheelchair category.

Sri Lanka Army are striving towards the objective of preparing the sportsmen to achieve accolades both locally and internationally. The games focus on strengthening their physical skills and uplifting spirits. The best performing athletes will have an opportunity to qualify to the national pool that will represent the country at the 2018 Asian Para Athletic Games to be held in October.

Dialog Axiata comes forward as the main sponsor of the Army Para Games for the third consecutive year.

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