Amendments to the Sports Laws has been made and sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausane, Switzerland for approval.
However, the election of office bearers at the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka, which should be held every four years, has not been held for many years.
Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara held a media briefing on November 1(Tuesday) to brief the media about the recommended changes to the Sports law. He had said that he had invited the President and the Secretary of the NOC to be present at the media briefing. But the NOC Secretary could not be present. According to the sports minister NOC Secretary Maxwell de Silva had snubbed him.
When contacted, Maxwell de Silva said that he is working elsewhere for his livelihood and had confirmed to attend some appointments related to shipping which could not be postponed. This was why the secretary could not attend the media briefing.
“I had other appointments that could not be postponed and I informed NOC President Hemasiri Fernando to attend the media briefing. I didn’t have to snub the minister as my responsibility is directly under the president of NOC,” de Silva further said. “The amendments to the constitution have been sent to the IOC and once it is returned we will call for a meeting with the General Assembly to obtain their approval and thereafter conduct the election of office bearers at the NOC,” stated de Silva.
“Judo is a sport that gained entry to the Olympic Games through our initiative as we knew that this athlete can enter the second round. Never in the history of Sri Lanka Olympics has an athlete entered the second round other than in a track event. This judoka received intense training overseas and he lived up to this reputation,” concluded de Silva.