Numerous private and state sector institutions have lined up to provide employment to Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold medallist, Chinthana Vidanage, but his aim is to pursue higher studies in Sports Science.
`If I have travelled a certain distance, it`s because of sports and I certainly would like to master this art,` Chinthana said, adding that he had made an formal request for state sponsorship from the Sports Ministry.
`I want to train and study abroad,` said Chinthana.
Vidanage (26), from Pollonaruwa, lifted Sri Lanka to stardom winning the 62Kg weight category at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which is the highest achievement by a Sri Lankan weightlifter.
According to Chinthana, six institutions have expressed their willingness to take him on board and sponsor him.
`I really appreciate their kind gesture, but my objective is to study,` he stressed.
`But I will leave the doors open, to fall back if things don`t go my way,` added Vidanage.
Chinthana has been promised a scholarship to an Australian university to pursue his career by some Sri Lankan expatriates.
`This is what I want. I want to train, train with better equipment, facilities and technical expertise. I hope this will work out,` an optimistic Chinthana said.
`I can`t promise an Olympic gold just because I won a Commonwealth Games gold. The competition and the standards are very high at the Olympics. But I can promise to do my best,` Chinthana said when asked about his chances at the Olympics.
President Mahinda Rajapakse promised Rs. one million for a Commonwealth Games medal, under `Mahinda Chinthana`.
President Mahinda Rajapakse is to felicitate Chinthana on Monday and make the Rs. one million presentation.