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Certain clauses to the Sports Law that brought about a feeling of frustration and anger among many officials of sports associations will soon see changes being made for the betterment of all sports in Sri Lanka.

The Sports Ministry in consultation with the National Olympic Committee (NOC) these coming days will decide to make the necessary changes that will benefit the sports and the functioning of the associations.

Maxwell de Silva, Secretary of the NOC said that the discussions with the Ministry are making good progress that will turn the activities of sports for the better in the future.
“Many regulations will be changed and all associations will have their own constitutions changed keeping with the laws governing the world bodies. All restrictions on the terms of officials to be elected to office will also be removed in keeping with the international rules and interference by the government will also be removed,” said De Silva.

Currently, the Sports Law that was introduced by the previous Sports Minister restricted an official to only two terms of two years and he cannot hold office thereafter. However, these restrictions will not be enforced with the changes to take place.

NOC officials will be attending an IOC conference to be held in Lausanne on October 13 and is likely to put forward the proposals to the changes that were instructed by the IOC about a year ago.

De Silva will be attending this conference and an official from the sports ministry is also likely to accompany him. They will discuss Sri Lanka’s proposals to make changes to the Sports Law and its implementation in the immediate future.