Much of the sports goods and equipment required for the sports sector are currently imported from overseas.
It was understood the value of 2319 million rupees already spent for imported sports goods (CIF values).
Already, 18 categories of goods and equipment that can be used in Sri Lanka for sport proposes were identified, reports say.
Minister Dullas also pointed out Sri Lanka’s workforce can easily produce quality products in an environment where imports are restricted for sporting goods and thereby create a large workforce in the country.
Meanwhile, discussions were recently held to identify the problems faced by the local entrepreneurs who are currently engaged in the production of sports goods and would like to contribute to the production process.
Meanwhile the Sports Minister requested all to submit proposals to the Ministry of Sports to promote the production of sports goods in the country.
The following categories of goods and equipment that can be used in Sri Lanka for sports were identified : Children playground equipment, Children's sports and Recreational, Track and Field equipment , All team game equipment, Gymnastic equipment, Bodybuilding and weight training apparatus, Multi station Exercise machinery, Sports mattresses, Sport Festival equipment, Stadium chairs, Sportsmen practice equipment, Waste Management equipment, Steel Furniture, Fibreglass furniture, Medical equipment, Cricket coir matting, Soft ball cricket bats and stumps, Sportswear.
(Source : dailynews.lk)