In the presence of a representative gathering of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities and distinguished guests Sri Lanka’s Athletic Team to the World Athletic Championships 2017, now being held in London, was accorded a reception and honoured at an evening event organised by ‘Ethera Api (Akkaraiyel Naam – We Overseas) – UK Branch and held on August 07th at the Rising Sun Hotel in Sudbury Hill, London. At their arrival, the athletic team comprising of manager Sujith Abeysekera and athletes Indrajith Cooray, Nimali Liyanarachchi, Hiruni Widyarathna and Waruna Lakshan Dayarathna given a rousing welcome by the gathering.
Momentoes awarded by Ethera Api Organization was presented to the athletes by Ms. Kareema, Mr. Paul Sathianesan and Ajantha Kangaharachchi. One of Sri Lanka’s senior athletes, Mr. Sunil Jayaweera, who had represented his country in several international competitions and rendered yeomen service for the promotion of sport of athletics, was at hand to escort the young athletes to the stage to receive their awards. Speaking on behalf of her team-mates Nimali Liyanarachchi thanked the organisers for arranging the event and honouring them while making them feel homely away from home with a gathering of their own people around them.