By Colombo Telegraph –
In the London 2012 Paralympic Games, men’s high jump F- 46 bet Lal Pushpakumara has lost his bid for a paralympic medal. Sri Lanka team’s captain PA Lal Pushpakumara eighth among nine competitors as he registered 1.8 meters in the straight final event.
“The only equipment I have for training is my walking stick” he told BBC on 29 August 2012.
He has served in the army sports unit ever since and is the world’s number four ranked high jumper in the F44 category, one of the groupings used at the Paralympics to organise events according to competitors’ levels and types of disability.
Lal Pushpakumara first competed in the Beijing 2008 Games and, though he is determined to win a medal in London, he says he does not have proper facilities, equipment or funding in place, BBC reported.
“We don’t ask for special facilities; what we are asking for is proper equipment to train for major sports events,” he told BBC.
His is a common story even for many non-disabled sports men and women inSri Lanka, except for cricket, the most popular sport in the island nation.