Dec 02, Colombo: An extensive investigation will be conducted against the Head of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Sri Lanka over contravening the Sports Act, the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said.
Minister Aluthgamage making a statement in parliament today said the NOC president Hemasiri Fernando has contravened the regulations of the Sports Act of 1973 by complaining to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Minister said that it is unacceptable to complain to the international community on an act passed in Parliament.
Fernando, in a letter, has informed the International Olympic Committee six months ago, that the Sports Minister had used his powers to change a few regulations in an arbitrary manner to infringe the autonomy of sports associations.
The International Olympic Committee had last month summoned Aluthgamage and Sports Ministry officials together with local officials of the National Olympic Committee to its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss Sports Law 25 of 1973 following the written complaint made by Fernando.
Accordingly, Minister Aluthgamage along with the officials of NOC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials last week in Lausanne to discuss the issues arising from the country's archaic Sports Act.
Following the meeting, Sri Lanka agreed to revise the 1973 sports law within nine months and to review the specific government regulations derived from the sports law within six months in order to make them compatible with the basic principles which govern the Olympic Movement.