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Sri Lanka 2019 Olympic Day Run to include coastal conservation programme

Date : 22 May 2019

Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 22, 2019: The 2019 Olympic Day Run organised by the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka will be held on a grand scale and include a coral preservation programme.

The Secretary General of Sri Lanka NOC, Maxwell de Silva, said the Olympic Day Run would be held over two days – June 24 and 25 – in the southern town of Matara and that a key aspect of the programme would be safeguarding the environment.

“This year we are going to concentrate on environment protection keeping in line with the thinking of the International Olympic Committee,” De Silva was quoted by the Sri Lanka Daily News.

“We have chosen a coral preservation scheme attached to the Olympic Day programme and that part of it will be conducted with the help of the Sri Lanka Navy and other experts on the subject. This will be held at the Polhena Beach in Matara, and there will also be a beach cleaning programme and an art contest which the participating schoolchildren will be part of,” De Silva revealed.

De Silva also said he was hoping to invite Sri Lanka’s only living Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe and request her to exhibit her Olympic silver medal, which the IOC upgraded for the first time following the disqualification of 2000 Sydney Games gold medal winner Marion Jones.

The Olympic Day Run will be held on June 25 with the participation of over 2,000 schoolchildren with a 3.5km run from the Polhena Beach to Uyanwatte ground in Matara town.

Organisers will also have stalls to exhibit sports like rock climbing, esports and golf.

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