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Maj. Gen. (rtd) Palitha Fernando held discussions with officials of the International Association Athletic Federation (IAAF) regarding the annual general elections of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) that was held on 15th May. The results of these discussions will be known only after Fernando’s return to the island.

These discussions were held in Wuhan, China where the Asian Athletic Championships was held last week.

Former secretary of AASL Prema Pinnawela too was to attend this meeting but failed to leave the country due to ill health.

Meanwhile, the IAAF had sent an email to the AASL last week expressing their disapproval of the new ruling by the Sports Minister that no official can hold office for more than four years. The IAAF had also stated that the AASL would lose their membership if this ruling was not changed by the Sports Minister. They had also stated that the election would be considered illegal.

The AASL constitution clearly allows an unlimited term for office bearers and non-interference by the government. However, the new Sports Ministry ruling states that no office bearer can hold office for more than four years. This came about after the Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake had consultations with the Attorney General’s Department who is alleged to have spelled out the ruling. (TBR)