Susanthika wants to consult President and return
Monday, 29 November 2010 00:00
By Daminda Wijesuriya
Olympic silver medalist in the 2000 Sydney Games and veteran sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe is willing to make a come back to the international circuit after Sri Lanka’s performances in recent international competitions deteriorated.
Susanthika, retired from athletics two years ago and wants to announce the decision to come out of retirement in consultation with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the new minister of sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
“It’s very disappointing to see that not a single medal was won at the Asian Games after sending a contingent of 101 athletes. Even the one (boxer Manju Wanniarachchi) who won a medal in the Commonwealth Games is charged for using banned drugs”
“I cannot just stay at home and see these things happening. It’s my duty and the responsibility to come out at this time and do what I can”, Susanthika told mirrorsports.
Her view is that even the ministers, who are given the job of uplifting sports in the country, are misled by certain officials.
The veteran athlete says that she had two years of a good rest to fulfill her final ambitions of building a good house and becoming a mother.
“I have nothing more to achieve in my life. I’ve got everything, thanks to my strong legs. What the up and coming athletes should learn is that they can do wonders if they have the will and a proper aim”, Susanthika said.
“I started off my life in a little house with a cadjan roof but today I’m leading a lovely life in a beautiful house and to me it’s a mansion”, said Susanthika.