President, a statesman who thinks about the next generation - Prof. Arjuna De Silva | Daily News

President, a statesman who thinks about the next generation - Prof. Arjuna De Silva

Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency Chairman Prof. Arjuna De Silva yesterday said that President Maithripala Sirisena is not a politician but a statesman who thinks about the next generation.

Professor Silva added that President Maithripala Sirisena’s relentless efforts in eradicating the drug menace in the country had received commendations from all over the world. Professor Silva was speaking at the opening of SLADA in Colombo yesterday.

He said President of the World Anti-Doping Sir Craig Reedie had extended greetings to the government and the President who is committed to eradicate the drug menace in the country .

“World Anti-Doping Sir Craig Reedie through an email to me extended greetings to the government and the President for his unwavering commitment towards the eradication of the drug menace,” Professor Silva said.

He thanked the President for attending the event at short notice.

“We are fortunate to have a leader with humble qualities . I have never seen such a quality of humbleness in any other leader in the country,” he said.

Professor Silva added that Sri Lanka is the only country after Japan and Korea that has an institution of this nature It is a huge strength for all, especially for parents. There is a big difference between a politician and a statesman. The SLADA established in 2013 under Convention against doping in sports Act number 33 of 2013.

According to Prof. De Silva, a two year imprisonment is the punishment for using prohibited substances. Even India does not have this type of laws and only few countries in the world have such laws.

“Japan, Korea, China and Sri Lanka are the leading countries when it comes to anti-doping laws. One test cost around 200 dollars and SLADA has facilities to detect even small quantities of banned substances.

The other countries in the region can get tests done from Sri Lanka,” he said.

“There area no banned substances in ‘Arishta’. There is only eight to ten percent alcohol content in them. The rugger budget in one school in Colombo is around Rs. 35 million and the majority of money goes to supplements. An APP will be introduced for sportsmen and sportswomen to find out what is banned and what is not,” he said.

 

 


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