Brisbane wakes as Olympics 2032 city after IOC’s landslide vote of confidence By Jessica Stewart Source:-abc.net.au There are still 4,019 days to go, but south-east Queenslanders are waking up to an Olympic buzz this morning, after Brisbane was announced as the host for the 2032 Games. Key points: Brisbane is the smallest city by population to host the Games since 1952 The IOC president says the country has a real love and passion for sport Olympians say the announcement is a real coup for the future generation of athletes After six years of planning by Queensland authorities, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates backed the river city to host the Games, with 72 votes to five. Not bad for a city of just 2.56 million people. IOC president Thomas Bach said it was the Australians’ passion and love for sport that really brought the bid over the edge. “The Aussies really demonstrate ...

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Gold hunter Matthew Abeysinghe aiming for his best shot-by BY ALLAAM OUSMAN The Abeysinghe brothers established a National record in the 4x50m medley relay 2015 National Championships. From left Andrew, Matthew, Dillon and Kyle Source:Sundayobserver ‘I have been representing Sri Lanka for the past 11 years and every time I have done it, I have felt so honoured to be in a position where I am able to represent Sri Lanka. Being able to do this at the highest level of competition my sport has to offer, the Olympic Games, is an added honour’ Sri Lanka’s most decorated swimmer Matthew Abeysinghe is primed to give his best shot at the Tokyo Olympics despite kicking his heels in frustration after pools were shut down in the United States where he trained because of the pandemic. “I feel very confident leading up to the Olympics. My target in Tokyo would just be ...

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Susanthika – first Sri Lankan to reach IAAF World Championship podium Susanthika Jayasinghe Source:Dailynews Mannalage Susanthika Jayasinghe was born on December 17, 1965 in the village of Uduwaka, close to Warakapola. She had her early education at Uduwaka Primary School and joined Athnawala MV for her secondary education. She began to display her prowess at Inter-School, Zonal and District Level Meets while competing in the 50m and 75m events. The Teacher-in-Charge of Sports at her school, Indra Padmini Perera soon realised that Susanthika had an extraordinary physical strength compared to other girls and laid the foundation to improve her athletics career. Thereafter, Susanthika received further guidance from Sports Instructor Chithra Mallika. The Sports Officer of Warakapola, Dhammika Wanigasinghe then took further action by consulting an athletic specialist realising that Susanthika has a bright future ahead at international level. ...

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Gymnast Milka secures Tokyo Olympics spot Milka Gehani de Silva Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s artistic gymnast Milka Gehani de Silva became the second Sri Lankan to secure a Tokyo Olympic Qualification after showjumper Mathilda Karlsson. Milka secured her slot as number one in Asian Continental Quota ahead of India’s Pranati Nayak. The International Gymnastics Federation, however, is likely to confirm the Olympic berth only in June. ...

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Allan Smith was a versatile diver at 1952 Helsinki Games Allan Smith Source:Dailynews Norman Allan Smith participated in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland in the men’s diving events following a successful swimming career at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. He developed a liking to diving competitions and in 1947 for the first time he participated in a National Diving Championship but was defeated by Des Cotton. Since then, he never lost at any meet. From 1948 to 1966 for a period of 18 years he continuously won the Diving Championship and displayed excellence in performances. ...

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White who started the spark – By Rear Admiral Dr. Shemal Fernando PhD   Source: Sunday Observer An iconic moment: A determined Duncan White fixing his starting blocks at the London 1948 Olympic Games 400m Hurdles final Duncan White: First Sri Lankan Olympic Medalist and First Athlete to witness Raising of the National Flag to the Crescendo of the National Anthem Having been a close observer and student of the world’s most beautiful sport of athletics for fifty years, my effort is to make a justification to the enormous impact, prestige and influence made by Sri Lanka’s inimitable athlete, Duncan White who put our country on the world map. I thought the ideal time for such an exertion is the run up to an Olympic Games. Athletics is complex and wonderfully varied, but it also embodies passion, hard work and self-improvement. Athletics is education and entertainment, respect for the rules ...

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