However, it is surprising that the coach accompanying the team is the Director of the Sports Ministry R.B. Wickramasinghe while his deputy coach is also as advisor to the ministry.
These officials receive a big sum of dollars during these tours and Wickramasinghe has been engaging in such tours for many years. In fact he has set a record for the most number of tours with the weight lifting team.
It is Wickramasinghe who investigates any issue that arises within the sports ministry affiliated sports clubs on behalf of the ministry and it is questionable as to how he would investigate any issue with regard to the Weightlifting Association.
It is unfortunate that Sports Minister Harin Fernando also seems to be caught up in the Sports Ministry officials mafia just like the previous Sports Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekara, Faiszer Mustapha and Mahindananda Aluthgamage.