Amendments to be finalized before SLC election

Published : 10:17 am  September 14, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (426) reads | 

daya1By Champika Fernando
The amendments to the controversial Sports Regulations No. 01 of 2013 is expected to be finalized before holding Sri Lanka Cricket election of office-bearers in December.

If all goes well, the amendment would be sent to  the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) approval before end of October, ending months-long stand-off between international sports bodies and their local representatives.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) warned Sri Lanka to scrap the controversial provisions in the Sports Regulations to ensure autonomy and jurisdiction of national sports associations in late 2013.

“We will finalize the amendments shortly,” Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said. “The cricket elections will be after finalizing these amendments”.
Minister Jayasekera who became the  country’s 13th Minister of Sports few days back is keen to resolve the long-standing issue – a positive approach.

Minister has thus appointed a committee to work along the National Olympic Committee officials to formulate an acceptable draft in keeping with the Olympic Charter- a binding agreement.

The previous regulations barred officials who have completed three or more years in office in key positions of president, secretary, vice-president, treasurer, assistant treasurer and assistant secretary seeking office ever again, a gross violation of Olympic Charter and basic human rights of an individual. The new working-draft however grants two four-year terms and also proposed is a dispute resolution panel to avoid sports bodies seeking legal redress in civil courts.

An Olympic Committee official said they would meet on Friday to fine tune the draft and will meet early next week the committee appointed by the Sports Minister to finalize the draft before sending it to the IOC.
“We have completed 90 percent of the work and when we meet on Friday we will complete it. Then we will meet Sports Ministry representatives next week to reach an agreement,” an NOC official explained.

Once completed the draft would be sent for IOC comments and approval before sending it to the legal draftsman for his views and comments. Once this is done it needs to be passed in the parliament before enacting.

Stringent regulations deemed necessary after series of administrative scandals rocked sports in Sri Lanka, but sports associations argue that the regulations directly interfere into the affairs of voluntary, non-profit and mostly self-financing sports bodies discouraging volunteerism. Thus pressure was brought on Sri Lanka by several international sports bodies including IOC, FIFA (world body for football), Badminton World Federation and FINA–world body for swimming to change the regulations.