Three athletes have already qualified to represent Sri Lanka at the Rio Olympics 2016 that is to be held in Brazil this year.
The three athletes who have qualified are a male javelin thrower, a man and a woman marathon runner.
However, there is a possibility of two swimmers (a man and a woman) being included in the squad should they fail to qualify after performing in foreign competitions.
Secretary of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Maxwell de Silva said that athletes should qualify to participate in the Olympics and no nation can send teams as they wish.
“Besides the athletes, a nation will be entitled for two slots in swimming and only those swimmers who have participated in the World Championships will be picked. And only one male and a female swimmer will be sent,” said de Silva.
Niluka Karunaratne the ace badminton player who has represented Sri Lanka at an Olympic Games has so far not qualified for selection. Secretary of the NOC confirmed this to Nation on Thursday.
However, Karunaratne has been receiving an Olympic Solidarity sponsorship to uplift his game so that he can qualify but there are no signs of his qualification yet.
What are Karunaratne’s chances of qualifying this time?
First of all, he has to participate in more foreign tournaments to gain ranking points. According to one coach, Karunaratne struggles to beat even players from India. He has not won a single regional tournament all these years, and he has no chance in a Grand Prix tournament, so how can he qualify, asks this coach.