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Suresh Subramaniam’s message from Tokyo 2020




NOC of SL President Suresh Subramaniam

Here is Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee (NOC) President Suresh Subramaniam’s message from the 32nd Summer Olympics in Tokyo, now on. Subramanaim is currently at the Games in Japan. 

After much uncertainty and waiting for more than a year, we’re finally in Tokyo and the much-awaited Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has officially begun. What a year it has been for the athletes; hoping to compete for their countries amidst the anxiety of the global pandemic.

The opening ceremony was held on Friday, the 23rd July and the Sri Lankan contingent, consisting of our athletes and the team officials, took part in the parade, headed by Judoka Chamaruwan Dharmawardhana and Gymnast Milka De Silva proudly carrying the Sri Lankan flag, clad in specially designed blue and white national costumes.

Tokyo 2020 marks Sri Lanka’s 18th appearance at the Summer Olympics. This time, the team consists of nine athletes, five women and four men, to compete in seven different sports at the Games.

With three days to the beginning of the Olympics, history was made at the International Olympic Committee; the original Olympic motto since 1894, reading, “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster Stronger Higher), was amended with the addition of word “Communis”, meaning “Together” to read as “Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communis”, reflecting the importance of solidarity during these trying times. Though small, the Sri Lankan contingent is highly motivated, proceeding with their preparations while carefully following the health guidelines. Our team is looking forward to represent in their respective disciplines, to bring glory to mother Sri Lanka as one.

I wish our athletes the courage, determination, and strength together, to compete at their highest level and bring honour to the country as true sportsmen and women.