Best athletes of Youth Sports Festival yet to receive awards of previous edition

by Reemus Fernando

The best athletes of the Athletic Championship of the 26th National Youth Sports Festival are yet to receive the motor bikes they were awarded even after the latest edition was concluded at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Diyagama.

"The 27th championship concluded last week. But we are yet to receive the motor bikes which were awarded at the closing ceremony of the previous edition," an athlete who emerged as the best athlete in one of the age categories told ‘The Island’ in an interview.

The 26th edition of the National Youth Sports Festival was held at the same venue in June.

"We received a memento in front of cameras. Money were collected for registration fees. But we are yet to receive the motor bikes," the athlete said.

The practice of awarding motor bikes to the best athlete of each of the four age categories continued at the 27th edition which ended on Sunday. The best athlete in the Under-20 boys’ and girls’ and over 20 men’s and women’s categories were awarded motor bikes at the end of the three-day meet at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium.

Most of these award winners are top national level athletes.

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