To celebrate the International Olympic Day which falls on June 23 each year, the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) will hold its annual Olympic Day Run on 25 June 2019 from Polhena to the Uyanwatte Cricket Ground, Matara, covering distance of 4 km.
At this year’s Olympic Day Run, the NOCSL and Sri Lanka’s sole surviving Olympic medal holder Susanthika Jayasinghe will exhibit her silver medal in public for the benefit of the school children in Matara.
Minister of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayake will attend this event as the chief guest, while Susanthika Jayasinghe will attend the event as the guest of honor. The NOCSL is expecting a participation of over 1000 school children.
Making this year’s endeavor unique, the NOCSL has diverted its focus on environment protection. It has launched its Coral Replanting project in Polhena, Matara, and this would take place in the morning hours of the program.
The event will be commenced with a beach cleaning activity in the Polhena beach area with the participation of several state institution personnel and school children. In addition, it will also include a number of activities such as fun surfing and beach kabadi.
Furthermore, the organizers have launched an open art competition themed ‘Give The Coral Another Chance’ for the schools in the Matara area, and winners of this event will be given certificates and prizes.
The NOCSL has sought the guidance and assistance of different partners such as The National Aquatic Resources and Development Authority (NARA), Sri Lanka Navy, Coast Conservation, Coast Guard, Marine Environment Protection Authority, Ocean Resources Conservation Association (ORCA), Tokyo Cement and the Wildlife Authority. In addition, hoteliers in the area, especially Amaloh Hotel and Polhena Reef Hotel will also be partners of the project.
The Matara Municipal Council, Matara District Secretariat, Southern Province Council’s Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry, Southern Province Education Ministry, Sri Lanka Ports Authority and relevant government institutes also support this project.