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46th NSF before year end

Action at the 4x400 relay of the 45th National sport festival held at Polonnaruwa last year
Action at the 4x400 relay of the 45th National sport festival held at Polonnaruwa last year

The Sport Ministry has planned to conduct the 46th National Sports Festival (NSF) as scheduled. The Inter district and inter provincial competitions will conclude before October 31. This was annuanced during a special meeting at the Sports Ministry.

A senior Sport Ministry official said all provincial sport directors and senior officials of the Sport Ministry have attended the successful meeting last week and finally made the decision to conduct the National sport festival as scheduled. They all wanted to finish NSF before the year end. Earlier some officials said this year Sports Festival will not be held due to corona virus epidemic. However earlier they planned to conduct final stage of the NSF from September 4 to 6 at the Sugathadasa Stadium. But due to this global epidemic NSF will be conducted during Novemeber - December. It will not be postponed to next year.

Originally the athletic meet was planned to be held in Colombo and other team sports scheduled to be held in outstations. According to the new plan, the dates of a few events may be changed.

Most of the divisional secretariat level competitions have already concluded before the lockdown.

This National sports Festival was started in 1972 but due to unavoidable circumstances three years (1977, 1983 and 1987) it was not conducted.

Meanwhile Provincial sport directors already requested from the sport Ministry to increase the payments for the first stage of the divisional, district and provincial competitions. The sport Director General has already submitted this matter to the Sport Minister and hope to increase the payments.

Already sport Ministry has given Rs 100,000 to conduct divisional secretariat competitions. Also Rs 200,000 and Rs 300,000 were granted for the second stage of inter-district competitions and provincial competitions respectively.

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