The Athletics Association of Sri Lanka has submitted the set a 40-member pool for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asian Games scheduled to be held in 2018. Australia will hold the Commonwealth Games from April 4 to 25, while Indonesia will hold the Asian Games from August 18 to September 2 next year. The Athletics Association of Sri Lanka has requested the National Olympic Committee to increase the quota for a number of both men and woman athletes from Sri Lanka.
The existing quota for the Sri Lankan athletes is eight men and six women and the Athletics Association is now requesting the authority to increase the number to 12 men and eight women. In a statement, the association declared that it is planning to publish a qualifying standard for all its athletes selected for the upcoming Commonwealth Games that will be held on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.
According to the association, the 40-member pool selected for the upcoming mega-events is currently enjoying training and their final trial will take place in February, next year. However, the association has not confirmed the venue where the final trail of the selected athletes will take place but hinted that it can be either at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Diyagama or at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The association also said that the Olympic Committee of the country has not taken any decision on the quota for the next year’s Asian Games that will be held in Jakarta later in 2018. When speaking on when the trail of the athletes for the Asian Games will take place, the association said that the trial is expected to start from May 2018, while the final trial may take place in June 2018.