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Ashhar Hameem to steer SLAS for next four years

Ashhar Hameem
Ashhar Hameem

Ashhar Hameem a founding member and a former President of the Southern Motor Sports Club was elected uncontested as President of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS) the controlling body for Motor Sports in the country while Shehan de Tisera of the Colombo Motor Sports Club and Upulwan Serasinghe of the Negombo Motor Sports Club were elected as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

The Annual General Meeting of SLAS was held at the auditorium of the Institute of Sports Medicine on Monday (31) evening. The election committee headed by Rtd Major General Mano Perera comprised Champa Gunawardena and Olga M.Gamage (Director of Sports, Education Department) did not have to go through the chores of counting votes as election to all the posts were uncontested.

In the run-up to the SLAS AGM four objections filed were rejected by the election committee while the Court of Appeal turned down an application made by the Nuwara Eliya Motor Racing Club praying for an interim order to prevent the AGM being held.

Ashhar who hails from Matara is an old boy of Rahula College Matara and Royal College Colombo. He has been an active participant in the racing arena since the age of 16 and is an experienced driver who was the overall winner of the Ruhunu Rally for three consecutive years, the Negombo Rally 2002 and SLADAR 1000 in 2007. He represented the Southern Motor Sports Club on the SLAS committee and has also held the post of Vice President.

Motor sports in Sri Lanka has been placed in capable hands for the next four years as it's new President is an International Race Official and Administrator trained by FIA-CAMS Australia and British Automobile Racing Club who has officiated at the Formula I races in Australia, India and thrice in Singapore. He has two decades of experience as an organizer, race director and steward of many motor races and rallies held locally.

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