The amendments suggested to the Sports Law No 25 of 1973 prohibit professional coaches from holding office.
Sports associations in future will have to be more transparent in their dealings and even reveal addresses and contact details to sports ministry authorities. Gone will be the days when sports associations functioned from dubious locations like residences of individuals.
Associations not having been in existence for more than three years will have to obtain a provisional registration which will be valid only for four years.
Sports in Sri Lanka had seen the frustration of ghost clubs surfacing at the time of elections. But that will be a thing in the past with national bodies having the right to cancel membership of affiliates who breach the constitution or are guilty of indiscipline.
The amendments to the sports law also recommend that sports associations keep to rules stipulated by international sports bodies when conducting elections.
It is healthy to see that a new rule disqualifies an individual from being elected at the AGM if he has already reached the age of 75 at the time of handing over nominations.
Candidates at elections will be disqualified from holding office as president, secretary or treasurer if they have already held these posts for more than two consecutive terms. Candidates handing over nominations for posts in national bodies will be disqualified if they have any criminal record to their names, have been involved in financial mismanagement or involved in breach of discipline.
These amendments cover several areas from registration of national sports associations, governance and constitutional provisions, election committees and national associations, selection, seeding and rankings, national selections, sports disputes and talent identification.
According to informed sources these amendments have been made by a committee appointed by the Sports Minister. Stakeholders of sport can suggests further amendments and following which the final draft will be presented to parliament for approval.