After a period exceeding thirty years we recommenced athletics at the club this year. We currently have a squad comprising of five athletes; three senior and two junior, a coach and a trainer. Two of our athletes were selected for the South Asian Games in Bangladesh and both were successful in their events. We have also obtained membership of the Colombo District Athletics Association which means that our athletes can now represent the Tamil Union and Athletics Club.
Ashan Hasaranga won a Gold Medal in the men's 100 meter relay event and Prasanna Amarasekera won two Silver Medals; in the men's 400 meter and 400 meter relay events. Both having attained first place in their individual events at the selection trials held recently have been selected for the Sri Lanka National Athletics Pool for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi in September 2010 and the Asian Games to held in China in November 2010.. Our juniors have also been successful at the Junior National Championships held recently. In the Under 20 category Isuru de Soyza won first place in the 400 meter event and in the Under 18 category Thimesha Hewage was placed third in the 100 meter event. This moots well for the future of athletics at the club. Furthermore Isuru de Soyza has also been selected for the Junior Asian Athletics Games to be held in Vietnam in August 2010. In order to carry on this successful trend in the newly reawakened Athletics section we are now looking for sponsorships. Our Athletes can now be sponsored individually for a season or specified races as you wish. They will be happy to carry the Club logo in addition to your personal or Company logo.
We have also purchased equipment to hold athletic meets at our Grounds when they are not booked for Cricket matches. This means that schools and private companies can now have their sports days at the Tamil Union.