Former LTTE cadre and Vivek Oberoi, at a mass wedding in Vavuniya.
16 former LTTE cadres will represent Sri Lanka at next year’s South Asian Games. That’s great news and should make everyone in Sri Lanka very proud. “We found 16 former Tamil Tiger rebels who could be trained to come up to national level standard and represent the country,” Abeykoon told AFP. “We have got four for rifle shooting, four for swimming, four for softball and the other four for athletics. They were undergoing government-sponsored rehabilitation when we picked them” (Hindustan Times).
This is in marked contrast to the Tamil Eelam football team, playing in a tournament for stateless nations under the LTTE flag. While that’s backwards and divisive, these athletes are representing a uniting country. Good luck to them, and us.