Australia`s Sunman Malani came first in women`s 100m dash (for those without hands), pocketed a gold at the 9th FESPIC Games for the differently able here on Monday, and turned towards the handful Sri Lankan athletes and journalists and said: `Please help me find my mom.`
Malani, a resident of Queensland, said she was born in Sri Lanka and later was taken to Australia after her mother had abandoned her at Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo.
`I love to see my mom. Please help me find her. She must look like me,` Malani said.
Sri Lanka`s Kumudu Priyanka and Amara Indumathi clinched silver and bronze medals.
Priyadarshana wins gold
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka`s Chaminda Priyadarshana clinched a swimming gold.
An experienced campaigner, Priyadarshana with a time of 1:09:96 came first in 100m backstroke event for the leg amputees below the knee. A swimmer who won three gold medals at the Bussan FESPIC Games, Priyadarshana, 32, hopes to win two more gold medals.
Weerasinghe to lose medal and record
Kusumsiri Weerasinghe, who won a gold at the wheelchair discuss throw event (paralysed below the waist) with a new games record will be stripped of his medal and the record, the Asia-FESPIC Confederation decided on Monday.
The decision was taken after a special medical board examined Weerasinghe following a protest by the Iranian who won the silver medal and his officials. Weerasinghe now will not be able to take part in javelin throw and shot-put.
At a medical check-up to ascertain the athlete`s disability (below the waist) it has been learnt that Weerasinghe`s torso was also weak. But the athlete came up with a record distance in his event and that has baffled the officials.
Sri Lanka`s specialist trainer Yogananda Wijesundara speaking to `The Island` said that Weerasinghe has been charged with not cooperating with the medical staff.