Sri Lanka’s youngest ever Sports Minister Hon. Namal Rajapaksha exercised his powers for the very first time as the Sports Minister taking the initiative to form the National Sports Council (NSC), which will be led by former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Mahela Jayawardena along with a few other high-profile sports and business personnel.
Expressing the thought process behind the appointments, Hon. Namal Rajapaksha stated that “it’s for the betterment of Sri Lankan Sports and will be highly effective in creating a proper structure within the sports industry”. Bringing in professionalism and ethics into the sporting community is another key factor in forming this council the newly appointed Minister said. He further added that “without the approval of the National Sports Council” he “will not sign on any national squad list”.
With the introduction of this council, Sri Lanka Sports will have more transparency, experience and plenty of knowledge within its ministry. According to the Mahela Jayawardena, the Chairman of the newly appointed council, its goal is to uplift all sports in the island, not just cricket, or the more popular sports.
Hon. Rajapaksha also stressed on the importance of introducing a new sports act. Sri Lanka still abides to the provisions of the National Sports act of 1973 and according to him “the old act is outdated and Sri Lanka urgently needs an amended Sports act which will suit the modern day sports”.
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