COVID hits referees, umpires and other sports officials hard

As the world battles to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic for the past 12 months, developing countries have been pushed to the corner with economies struggling to stay afloat. Sri Lanka is one of them, though all looked for a smooth sail about a year ago.

With no positive breakthrough in sight, most Sri Lankans of all walks of lives, have been forced to survive on a meagre income. In general the whole network of trades that generate income to the state, including tourism, industries, production, businesses and many more, have been forced to take a defensive stance. Sports in general paves way to attract global recognition and foreign investment, that more individuals have become full-timers as athletes, officials, coaches or administrators.

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