July 31 declared as National Sports Day | Daily News

July 31 declared as National Sports Day

The Cabinet has approved a proposal to declare July 31 as the National Sports Day of Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, July 31 has been selected as it also marks the day when Duncan White won the Silver Medal in the 400m hurdles giving Sri Lanka global recognition at the Summer Olympics.

In July 2014, the then Government had proposed to declare April 6 as the National Sports Day but due to its close proximity to the April New Year Festive season, the importance of the day was not recognized.As a result, the Cabinet has now approved a proposal submitted by Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa to allocate a new date to commemorate the National Sports Day. (D.R)