The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to award cash prizes to two Paralympians who won medals at the 2020 Tokyo Games and to their two coaches.
Dinesh Priyantha Herath secured the first ever Paralympic gold medal for Sri Lanka when he won the javelin Men’s F-46 category with a throw of 67.79m and also set a new world record, while Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku won a bronze medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw F64 event at the Paralympic Games.
The Minister of Sports tabled a proposal to grant cash rewards to the two athletes due to the significant victories they achieved while representing the country.
Accordingly, the Cabinet has granted approval to award cash prizes in recognition of their international sporting achievements.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan 2020 Paralympic team including gold medallist Dinesh Priyantha Herath and bronze medalist Samitha Dulan Kodithuwakku will arrive in the island today.
The Ministry of Sports has taken steps to welcome the two paralympic medalists who are due to land at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 5.10pm, with a red carpet at the VIP terminal.
Members of the Sri Lankan contingent are due to undergo PCR tests upon arrival. After the welcome ceremony they will be directed to a hotel to undergo quarantine procedure.