Mar 29, 2018

Dayasiri axes top officials to Gold Coast Games Featured

The head and deputy head of the Sri Lankan contingent to the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia have been axed by the sports minister.

The National Olympic Committee had recommended Gamini Jayasinghe and Sumith Edirisinghe, but the reason for their omission is given as that the sports minister has cancelled functions of the Hockey Federation which the two represent.

However, Jayasinghe claims he has been named from the Handball Association.

Now, manager of the contingent Chandana B. Liyanage has been given the added responsibility of heading the Sri Lankan contingent.

Meanwhile, the sports ministry has ordered all members of the contingent, both athletes and officials, to sign a Rs. one million bond each to make sure that they reported back to the ministry within 10 days of the end of the Games.

The ministry is sponsoring 32 athletes and officials, while the NOC is sponsoring the others.

According to the official website for the games, the Sri Lankan contingent comprises 50 male and 29 female athletes.

That means, the remaining 39 are officials.

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