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MAN ON A MISSION

Kushal Abhayaratne Leading the revolution in Sri Lankan rowing
PHOTOGRAPHY BENEDICT TUFNELL

On first impressions, Kushal Abhayaratne comes across as softly spoken, polite, and unfailingly eloquent. But don’t be fooled by this quiet exterior, for this is a man with ambitious plans for his nation and their Olympic aspirations.

Despite his young age, Abhayaratne is one of Sri Lanka’s senior rowing coaches, and he is certain about the goals he has set for Sri Lanka’s flourishing team. “Our first goal is to win a medal at the Asian level, and we are targeting the 2019 Asian Championships to showcase our first performance. Then we would like to push really hard to secure a place at the Asian Olympic qualifiers in 2020”.

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