Sri Lanka likely to lose Olympic & U23 Asian Cup qualifier spots

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Sri Lanka in danger of losing Paris Olympics 2024 and AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 Qualifier spots because of suspension.

Sri Lanka are in danger of losing the Paris Olympics 2024 – Asian Qualifiers and AFC (Asian Football Confederation) U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 Qualifier spots because of the ongoing suspension.

This was communicated by FIFA through a letter to the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL). The letter states, when AFC opened the entry for the competition on 13th April 2022 – Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers and AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024 Qualifiers – FFSL submitted its entry on 10th May 2022.

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The letter further goes on to say,

“Notwithstanding the above, as stated in the FIFA Circular, the FIFA Council has suspended the FSSL with effect from 21 January 2023 until further notice. As a result, in accordance with Article 13 of the FIFA Statutes, the FFSL has lost all its membership rights resulting in, inter alia, the FFSL representatives and clubs/teams no longer being entitled to participate in international competitions until the suspension is lifted.

Accordingly, we must inform you that the FSSL’s men’s national team is not currently eligible to participate in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament 2024 – Asian Qualifiers and the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qatar 2024™ – Qualifiers.

The Draw Ceremony is scheduled to take place on 25 May 2023 and, the FFSL’s men’s national team will definitely be removed from the Competition should the suspension on FFSL not be lifted by Thursday, 11 May 2023 [two (2) weeks prior to the Draw Ceremony].”

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