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Ceremonial functions seen as useless without results

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, along with the Chairman of the National Sports Council (NSC) Mahela Jayawardena, elaborated on progress made so far in developing sports in the country while identifying the sports that need their immediate attention by way of financial support and technical assistance while declaring that ceremonial functions like foundation-stone laying will be meaningless if results are not forthcoming.

Likewise the Sports Ministry has requested all affiliated bodies to furnish their effective work plan, short and long term, in order to obtain the support from the government for their future endeavors.

“Our aim is not to lay foundation stones but proceed with proper executed plans in developing sports. We are closely monitoring all bodies under our purview, whether they are precisely active or not. There are complaints received against some bodies which we are inquiring into and some have been directed to the CID for investigation. We assure that we will not tolerate any misbehavior by these sports bodies,” said Minister Rajapaksa at the Duncan White auditorium on Wednesday.

In his address the Minister further stated: “We are facilitating all governing bodies with proper plans to support them in whatever possible ways and means, to put them in line with the system established by the NSC…

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