Minster of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera has appointed a special committee to investigate into and report on the death of veteran motorcyclist Ananda Wedisinghe in an accident on the race track.
Lots of allegations are directed at the organizers of the Nuwara Eliya Super Cross race event for the death of 47-year-old Ananda Wedisinghe while participating in the event.
The public point out the shortcomings in event such as the lack of safety measures, non-availability of ambulance service and medical facilities at hand.
It is reported that there was a delay of 27 minutes to take him to the hospital by an ambulance. Wedisinghe met with the accident while negotiating a bend. He died in the Kandy hospital after five weeks lying in a coma.
The minister has decided not to allow motor racing events unless there are proper standard safety measures provided and he is waiting for the findings of the committee to implement precautionary measures. In addition, the Minister wants all the competitors be insured.
Previously, another racing driver, Dilshan Bandaranayake, died in a racing accident but the Sports Ministry turned a blind eye to the safety of motor racing.
Meanwhile, Ananda Wedisinge’s son, Cane Wedisinghe expects to return to the sport very soon.
This would be an eye-opener to sports authorities to take precautions to safeguard the life of sports competitors engaged in risky events.