Upon inquiry we noted that the heads of 14 national sports clubs had signed this petition.
Prior to this instance too, several sports clubs had jointly sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee seeking their intervention in holding the elections to select the office bearers for the National Olympic Committee.
However, it was the view of the sports experts that there was insufficient information in that letter for the International Olympic Committee to act upon it.
Therefore, the letter that was sent recently had included sufficient information that would be required for the International Olympic Committee to act on.
The letter also indicates the dissatisfaction of the current Secretary of the National Olympic Committee Maxwell de Silva and have said if required, they would notify the Sports Minister regarding this issue as well.
These sports clubs have also indicated that they are willing to meet with the International Olympic Committee representatives, if required, to discuss this matter further.
Election on February 12
Although the elections for the National Olympic Committee is scheduled for February, it is currently in question, Sri Lanka Mirror learns.
According to a high ranking official of the National Olympic Committee dealing with its financial affairs, this delay had occurred due to the delay in obtaining the Auditor General’s approval for the National Olympic Committee financial report.
President, Secretary and Treasurer unsuitable for election
According to the new sports laws, any president, secretary or treasurer of any sports club who had delayed to submit their club’s financial reports on time, is deemed unsuitable and ineligible to contest at an election.
The Sports Minister had also noted that the country’s sports laws were in line with the International Olympic Committee laws.
The National Olympic Committee had failed to submit their audit reports on time from 2012, while the audit reports for many previous years are pending his approval at the Auditor General’s office.