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Only 24 veteran athletes out of 66 hoping to travel to Australia were granted visas by the Australian High Commission to proceed to participate at the XXII World Masters Athletic Championship. This sporting event will be held from October 26 to November 6 at Perth, Australia.

As many as 42 athletes were refused visas because they failed to have the required finances in their bank accounts.

Over 4500 athletes will represent 92 countries at the championship.

Former President of the Masters Athletics P.H.D. Waidyatilaka will be the chef de Mission of the Sri Lanka team. H.A. Upali will be the manager while Senani Bogahawatta will be the co-manager.

Waidyatilaka will be officiating as an ITO for the eighth consecutive occasion at the prestigious World Masters Athletics Championships.

Lalana Irangani who won a silver medal at the 2013 WMAC in Brazil in the 200m W35 group and now contesting the W40 group is the best hope for Sri Lanka. She established a new Asian record in the same event in May this year at the Asia Masters Athletics championships held in Singapore. (TBR)