Sri Lanka will be represented in Judo for the first time at the Olympic Games. This opportunity comes the island’s way because Chamara Dharmawardhana has been selected on a request made to the International Judo Federation (IJF) by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka.
Chamara will book his ticket for the Rio Olympic Games 2016 and is given an IOC Scholarship. He will be sent to Slovenia for a month-long training with the help of Ministry funds. Chamara has also represented Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow, and several other Asian meets.
According to the President of the IJF, Chamara’s selection is a tripartite decision and is not the exclusive work of the IJF.
All credit should go to the Secretary of the NOC Maxwell de Silva who used his good office and personal contacts with Marius Vizer the President of IJF and Haider of the Olympic Council Asia to secure this slot for Sri Lanka Judo. Maxwell de Silva now hopes that the Judokas in Sri Lanka will be united and move forward to raise standards and gain more recognition internationally.