Dr Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam is a US resident and former Olympian of Tamil heritage. He represented Sri Lanka in two Olympic Games (1952 and 1956), and in three Asian Games, and now coaches young athletes in Sri Lanka. Although sceptical about reconciliation, he says that sport can help heal the scars of the country's long conflict and provide hope to the young. Film-maker Kannan Arunasalam met him in his native city of Jaffna last year.
This story is part of International Alert’s Diaspora Diaries film series, which aims to highlight just some of the different ways diaspora individuals have chosen to support Sri Lankan communities in the post-war chapter of the country, and encourage dialogue between these communities.
The series is part of a project that aims to strengthen the potential of Sri Lankan diaspora communities to contribute to peace in Sri Lanka. Find out more about the project here.