The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka together with Crysbro – celebrating their 50th anniversary, felicitated the Medal Winners of the recently concluded 22nd Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham. Warwickshire, England.

Sgt. Palitha Bandara – Silver Medal : Field Events Para Discus Throw – Men F 42 – 44 / 61 – 64
Coach : Prabath Dhanushka Perera
The first ever Para Medal won by a Sri Lankan at the Commonwealth Games.

Yupun Priyadharshana Abeykoon – Bronze Medal Track Events : 100 M – Men
First Sri Lankan to win a Sprint Medal at the Commonwealth Games whilst becoming the fastest athlete in the whole of Asia. He is based in Italy – so his award was received by his Manager – Sanjaya Gamlath.

Cpl. Dilanka Isuru Kumara – Bronze Medal : Weightlifting 55 Kgs – Men
Coach : Roshan Gunathilaka

Nethmi Ahinsa Poruthotage – Bronze Medal : Wrestling Under 57 Kgs – Women
Coach : Suranga Kumara

Youngest Sri Lankan to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.She is also into history as the first ever Sri Lankan medalist in Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games.

The 100% Sri Lankan entity & the only chicken specialist in this country, Crysbro is a household name in Sri Lanka with consumers & a leading hospitality partner. The now much acclaimed Crysbro Next Champ programme, initiated together with the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, has already identified & selected 20 young athletes from 16 different sports from rural Sri Lanka. 08 of them have by nowachieved international recognition. Nethmi Ahinsa – fondly referred to as the Crysbro Kid by the initiators themselves –
is the best example of this aspect at present. Top performers Ineka Muthuthanthri Cooray Wickramasinghe & Shehan Ambepitiya – both former Sri Lanka record holders in sprint events, overlooked the selection evaluation process. Crysbro have facilitated financial assistance to athletes & coaches while the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka has facilitated enhanced specialised training to them. Having completed 02 years of producing champion athletes – yielding high performances – now the National Olympic Committee of
Sri Lanka & Crysbro are in the threshold of entering another phase of the understanding. The lucrative partnership is now expected to emphatically continue for a decade & more.

Report assisted by Shyam Ramprasad Pathiravithana & Gobinath Sivarajah
Visuals courtesy Thusith Wijedoru & NOCSL Media
Photos courtesy Gamini Jayasinghe

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