A new committee for the National Sports Council was appointed today (17th) at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Sports with the participation of the Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure facilities, Foreign Employment and Sports, Hon. Harin Fernando.

The National Sports Council is responsible for advising the Minster on development and management of sport in the country. The members of the council have voluntarily come forward for the task and are expected to provide valuable insights in supplying the blueprint to develop sports in the country.

The newly appointed National Sports Council is as follows,

  • Gen. Daya Ratnayake – President – Former Commander of Sri Lanka Army
  • Shaika Kariyawasam – Secretary – Asst. Director Ministry of Sports
  • Prof. Arjuna De Silva – President Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency  
  • Dhammika Muthugala – Director General of Sports
  • Dr. Lakshman Edirisinghe – Director General, National Institute of Sports Medicine
  • Sajith Jayalal –  Director, National Institute of Sports Science
  • Manjula Kariyawasam – Former Director of Sports at Ministry of Education
  • Lt. Col D T L S Karawitage – Representative of Paralympic Committee
  • Hafeez Marso – Former DIG of State Intelligence Service  
  • Sidath Wettamuni – Former National Cricket Captain
  • Asanga Senevirathne – Former President of Sri Lanka Rugby
  • Panduka Kirthinanda – Attorney at Law
  • Ashoka Gunathilaka – Senior Sports Journalist
  • Priyantha Ekanayake – Former Sri Lanka Rugby Captain
  • Sriyani Kulwansa – Former Athlete & Project officer at the Ministry of Education

Addressing the gathering Minster of Sports Hon. Harin Fernando stated that “As the Minster of Sports, my main focus is to make sure that sports is played clean in the country, win or lose playing clean should be the main focus” restating his commitment to providing all the sportsmen of the country with ample support he went on to add “I want to put a stop to talented youngsters from rural areas not being able to compete and perform due to lack of basic facilities like a pair of spikes”