Chinthana Geetal Vidanage

Further Personal Information
Residence
Kurunegala, SRI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Sinhala
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1996.
Name of coach
RB Wickramasinghe [national]
International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Sri Lanka
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (Athlete, 23 Sep 2014)
Injuries
He sustained injuries to his left elbow in 2006 and 2009. (Athlete, 23 Sep 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do or die." (Athlete, 23 Sep 2014)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Sri Lanka at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He carried out the same role at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018; Incheon INFO, 19 Sep 2014; yahoo.com, 24 May 2011)

He was named Outstanding Sportsperson at the 2010 Sri Lanka National Sports Festival. (dailymirror.lk, 02 Nov 2010)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Ceylon Sports, 08 Apr 2018)
Other information
MOVING UP
He made his Commonwealth Games debut in 2002, competing in the 56kg category. He won gold at 62kg at the 2006 Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, silver at 69kg at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India, and by 2018 he was competing in the 77kg category. "My age is one factor to move higher as it's not good to control weight all the time, which can affect training." (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Apr 2018; Ceylon Sports, 08 Apr 2018)

SANCTION
He tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine at the 2011 Asian Championship in Anhui, People's Republic of China. He was given a four-year ban by the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF], although this was later reduced to two years after he claimed he had consumed the stimulant unintentionally. "I was shocked as I have never tested positive for a banned substance after being scrupulously tested everywhere I went. I would not have taken the food supplement tablet if I knew it contained a banned substance." (cricturf.com, 01 Nov 2012; dailymirror.lk, 10 Aug 2011; bbc.co.uk, 05 Jun 2011; yahoo.com, 24 May 2011)

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