A tribute to determination & concentration
Before he went to Australia & won Gold meddle in Weight lifting almost no one has heard of him. But overnight Chinthana Geethal Vidanage has become the poster boy of Sports in Sri Lanka. After his splendid achievement every one including the big wigs in sports are rushing to organize events to honor him. Chinthana won his event without any nourishment, wholesome food or vitamins which are used by the weight lifters. He simply could not afford them. But rather than those he had a vision, to win the Gold meddle in commonwealth games. He was determined & he was fully concentrated on it. Rather than thinking about things which he didn’t have, he utilized what he had to the best extent he can. And he achieved his goal.
And what has he done after coming to Sri Lanka after his victory. Did he demand more facilities for himself in order to win an Olympic meddle (certain athletes come to my mind). No. In a recent interview with TV he said that many athletes who represented Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth games have many problems. If sports ministry could look in to that, they will also be able to win meddles! Unbelievable!! When pressed to say what he wants he said that better training facilities would certainly help him. He didn’t ask for money or that he should be based in Colombo.
What we should understand is that this young fellow is a unique sportsman in a field filled with greedy & selfish. Chinthana is a true sportsman. A shinning beacon which should be followed by any aspiring sportsman in any field.