Minister orders appointment of National Committees to Sports Bodies

Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has ordered Sports Director General Amal Edirisooriya to make arrangements and appoint selection committees to the respective National Sports Bodies.

According to Sports Director General Amal Edirisooriya, the Sports Ministry plans to make a Gazette Notification and then advertise from the Media to appoint a selection committee for the Sports Bodies.

“The Sports Minister wants to create more transparency, so we plan to get an immediate gazette notification with these new amendments for the selectors appointment. We hope to get selectors’ names within a short period after the media advertisement and then appoint selectors urgently. Presently, Cricket and Netball selectors have to be appointed urgently to settle all selection matters,” he said.

Meanwhile, today (8) there will be a special meeting to finalise the Asian Games Sri Lanka participation. The Asian Games in China was postponed from last year to this September due to COVID-19. The Sports Minister has to get all details for the participation after discussing with officials of the National Olympic Committee, National Selection Committee and National Sports Council, along with the top officials of the Sports Ministry today.

The Government treasury has already announced the release of limited financial support for all activities. The officials of the NOC, Sports Ministry, National Selection Committee and National Sports Council have to discuss the Asian Games participation today, said a Sports Ministry senior official. In addition, National Sports Festival activities were halted due to financial matters while only Marathon, Cycling and Walking races were conducted for the National Sports Festival. District and Provincial-level meets also concluded before the National Sports Festival.

Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe, Secretary K. Mahesan, Director General Amal Edirisooriya, and Youth Affairs senior officials were in Kandy to search sports and youth affairs activities. They hope to conduct this programme at a Provincial level, Secretary K. Mahesan said.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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