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President of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) Suraj Dandeniya told The Nation that the suspension of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) by the world body – Badminton World Federation (BWF) was the result of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) not sitting with the Sports Ministry and sorting out the issues regarding the Sport Law.

He said this problem could have been sorted out within 48 hours but it won’t be done till the 2016 Rio Olympics is over.

Dandeniya said he received a letter as president of the SLBA regarding the suspension of membership from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) a few days ago.

The letter states that, BWF has determined that the SLBA Constitution does not meet the criteria for on-going membership of the BWF under Clause 8.3 and 8.10 of the BWF Constitution. Furthermore, it has been determined that the SLBA is not able to govern in an independent and autonomous way as required under Clause 5.2 and 5.3 of the BWF Constitution.

Dandeniya said that he had made the necessary amendment to the constitution of the SLBA on November 25 and was passed by the committee and that it was approved by the BWF. Why then has the BWF stated that the SLBA constitution does not meet the criteria of the BWF?

However, Dandeniya accuses of some affiliates of trying to oust him from office so that they can be elected at the next AGM which is scheduled to be held on July 27.

“Don’t let personal agenda come between sports and themselves. Who is suffering due to this attitude?” asks Dandeniya.

Until then Sri Lanka cannot be represented at international tournaments that are sanctioned by the BWF. This also means that Niluka Karunaratne will not be able to participate at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 unless his entry is already accepted and in the draw.

Meanwhile a Ministry of Sports media release states:
“The action by the BWF is unfair, prejudiced, bias and unjust as the SLBA nor any other officials of the Ministry of Sports has not been given an opportunity to explain nor make representations. The Ministry is also unaware of any official been appointed to inquire or verify any matters relating to SLBA by the BWF. The Ministry further states that a letter dated 21st June 2015 addressed to the SLBA by BWF which was referred to the Minister was replied by the Minister by letter dated June 29, 2015.

“In these circumstances the Ministry of Sports and the SLBA will refer this matter to the Tribunal Arbitral Du Sport (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and take all necessary steps to remove the suspension at the earliest.”