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Lanka to become first Asian country to ban persons linked to betting

Sports Minister Harin Fernando
Sports Minister Harin Fernando

Sri Lanka will become the first Asian country for making a law against the entry of persons linked with betting, gaming or wagering and banning the appointment of any person connected to gambling or betting to the administration of any sports bodies according to the Ministry of Sports.

The Ministry of Sports will be submitting the amended Sports Law to Parliament on 5 or 6 of November Ministry of Sports officially revealed at a press conference held at the Ministry yesterday.

Speaking at the press conference, Minister of Sports Harin Fernando said, “We have to clean sports from corruption and I don’t have any personal grudge against anyone.”

“If any injustice happens to Thilanga Sumathipala regarding the investigation done by the ICC or the Ministry of Sports, he has all the rights to seek legal support from the Sri Lanka Judicial system.”

Sumathipala the former SLC president was banned from holding office at SLC following a directive issued by the Sports Minister on the findings and recommendations made by a three-member committee appointed by the Minister.

Lawyer Panduka Keerthinanda stated that the amendment of the Sports Law regulation has been endorsed by the ICC too.

“This amendment is not only for the sport of cricket but also covers a total of 66 sports that comes under the Ministry of Sports. It is indeed commendable that Minister Harin Fernando took this stance and made this decision,” Keerthinanda said. “The Minister took this decision for the betterment of sports and without fearing political interference.”

The Minister speaking further stated that, “We need to expand Sri Lanka out of Colombo. Even Kandy doesn’t have ‘A’ division clubs and Sri Lanka Cricket has agreed to reduce the number of voting clubs by nearly 50% in the future.

“We have built so many grounds and sports complex but there is no proper maintenance so we need to look into these matters in the future. We also need to reconsider the administrative structures as well,” he said.

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