Colombo, Dec 27 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s former sprint queen, Susanthika Jayasingha was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Diyatalawa Hospital, in the country’s central highlands on Tuesday following an illness.
Hospital sources said that Jayasingha had been suffering from fever and was admitted to hospital with the flu. However some local media reports said that Jayasingha had been suffering from dengue.
The Olympic medalist and one time sprint queen, Jayasingha was recently appointed as an advisor for selecting and training competitors for international athletic games, at the Sports Ministry.
She grabbed government attention earlier this year after she blamed the state for not giving her the recognition despite being Sri Lanka’s first woman to win an Olympic medal.
Jayasinghe won bronze in her 100m event in Sydney when she was 24 and was upgraded to silver in 2007 when winner and US athlete Marion Jones admitted taking performance enhancing drugs.