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Issues special directive to SLC under Sports Law

Sports Minister debars Sumathipala from holding SLC position

Sports Minister Harin Fernando
Sports Minister Harin Fernando

Sports Minister Harin Fernando has suspended former Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala from holding his position as immediate past president until a final judgment on his eligibility following an inquiry is delivered.

Further, a 3-member inquiry panel, chaired by director general Dhammika Muthugala, has been appointed under the Sports Law to investigate all the charges against Sumathipala and submit the report within one month.

The following is the letter issued by the Sports Minister to president of Sri Lanka Cricket:

To President, Secretary and officers of Sri Lanka Cricket

Special directive to Sri Lanka Cricket under Section 39 (1) of the Sports Law Act No. 25 of 1973 and its amendments

You are hereby directed to prevent and/or exclude Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala from participating, sitting or voting in any meeting of any committee, exercise discharge and perform of any powers, functions and duties as an Office-Bearer or Immediate Past President or from participating as or representing Sri Lanka Cricket pending further and final pursuant to a report to be received by me in terms of Section 39 (3) of the Sports Law.

Order under section 39 (3) of the Sports Law

Pursuant to the complaint received by Piliyandala Town Sports Club dated 30th August 2019, I hereby appoint

1. Director General - Department of Sports Development Mr Dhammika Muthugala – Chairman of Investigation Panel

2. Legal Officer Ministry of Sports Mrs Shiromi Ranawaka Member/Secretary Investigation Panel

3. Retired Senior SLAS Officer, Attorney-at-Law Mr SD Piyadasa – Member of Investigation Panel

to investigate and report to me within a period of one month from today on whether Hon Thilanga Sumathipala, Immediate Past President of Sri Lanka Cricket is disqualified from functioning as an office-bearer, Past President of Sri Lanka Cricket in terms of Regulation 5 (4) (n) of the National Association of Sports Regulations 1 of 2016 as amended by Gazette extraordinary No. 2137/85 dated August 23, 2019.

Sgd Harin Fernando

Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports


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