The country’s most celebrated sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe launched a scathing attack on sports administrators for a succession of lacklustre results in athletics on the international stage.
Sri Lanka has won 16 medals, including five gold, since the Beijing Asian Games in 1990 but its performance had taken a severe beating in recent years-to the extent that it seems impossible to turn the tide.
“There’s a fundamental flaw in our system,” said Jayasinghe, the only Sri Lankan to have won an Olympic silver and two World Championships medals.
“It’s like baking a cake. The combination of right ingredients at the right scale would give you the correct consistency and texture. The logic is similar here. If you need consistent performance, keep to the recipe,” she explained .
Sri Lanka last won an Asian Games medal in 2006 when Jayasinghe clinched a silver and a bronze. It was her last Asian Games appearance before calling it quits two years later.