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Sri Lanka’s Olympic Day celebrations to leave lasting legacy on coral conservation

Date : 27 Jun 2019

Matara, Sri Lanka, June 27, 2019: Sri Lanka’s Olympic Committee marked Olympic Day 2019 with the successful launch of a coral preservation programme in the southern town of Matara on Tuesday.

While more than 1,000 schoolchildren representing 17 different schools from Matara took part in the annual Olympic Day Run, held over a distance of four kilometres from Polhena and finishing at the Uyanwatte Stadium in the heart of the city, the lasting legacy of this year’s event will be the setting up of a coral replanting scheme.

During this three-year programme, the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee plans to spread the gospel in a few more locations around the country where the island’s damaged coral cover is renewed and sustained.

To make this scheme a success the Sri Lanka NOC has tied up with a number of parties including the Sri Lanka Navy, The National Aquatic Resource and Development Authority, Coast Conservation Department, Coast Guard, Marine Environment Protection Authority, Irrigation Department and the Wild Life Authority.

Around 500 schoolchildren who took part in the Olympic Day Run were also invited to participate in the programme.

Sri Lanka’s only female Olympic medallist, 2000 Sydney Games silver medallist in the 200m, Susanthika Jayasinghe, also participated in the programme.

Students also took part in roller skating and cycling while an art competition was also held.

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