Maduranga explains why he did not accept award


by Reemus Fernando

Sachith Maduranga

Asian Athletics Championship silver medalist Sachith Maduranga, who quit athletics recently, was not present to collect a handsome cash award of rupees one million at the awards presentation held at the Olympic House yesterday.

When contacted, Maduranga said that it was unbecoming of him to accept a cash award after quitting athletics.

"I thought it was inappropriate to accept such an award since I have quit athletics," the former Anandian told The Island in a telephone interview yesterday.

Maduranga cited lack of recognition for medal winning feats as the reason for his premature retirement from the sport. He urged the authorities to take measures to stop others from quitting athletics in disappointment.

Maduranga improved the Sri Lanka National javelin record on several occasions before he quit athletics last month. He vowed never to return to athletics when he announced his retirement to media.

However, Palitha Fernando, the President of Sri Lanka Athletics Association told The Island yesterday that he is still pushing for the athlete to overturn his decision.


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