The 15th Paralympic Summer Games Games Rio 2016 commenced in the after glow of the 31st Summer Olympic Games 2016 held last month. The International Paralympic Committee has confirmed that 176 Nations are participating with around 4500 Paralympians in action in 528 Events of 23 Para Sports.
Sri Lanka has sent in a contingent of 09 Athletes – 07 for Track & Field Athletics (Men / Women) Anil Prasanna Jayalath (Team Captain), Gamini Ekanayake, Sampath Hettiaarachchi, Ajith Hettiaarachchi,Dinesh Priyantha Herath (Men) Amara Indumathi & Indika Chuladasa (Women), 01 for Wheel Chair Tennis – Upali Rajakaruna (Men) & 01 for Archery – Sampath bandara (Men).
04 Coaches included in the contingent are Rohitha Fernando, Ranjith Hewanama, Vimukthi De Soysa & Anula De Costa. Chef de Mission is Brigadier R Wickramasinghe. DIALOG AXIATA are the Team Sponsor.
The Ministry of Sports is assisting 04 Media Personnel to travel to Brazil to cover the Games.