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Arjuna chairs National Sports Council with Tri-Forces Commanders

Awarding letters of appointment to the Chairperson and members of the National Sports Council was held on 10th August 2022 at the National Sports Council, Torrington Avenue, under the patronage of the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roshan Ranasinghe.

Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain, Arjuna Ranatunga was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Sports Council which comprises Tri-Service Commanders and other members, who presented letters of appointment on 10th August.

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne was appointed as a member of the National Sports Council.

Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage Commander of the Army was also appointed as a member of the National Sports Council of the Ministry of Sports.

Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana was appointed as an active member of the National Sports Council as well.

The National Sports Council has been established with the notion to advise the Minister on matters connected with the promotion, development, and control of sports in Sri Lanka.

The National Sports Council's roles encompass consulting the Minister on the development of sports, its policies and to improve the nation's sports infrastructure and standards. Additionally, in accordance with the instructions of the Minister of Sports, basic preparations must be made to establish a new sports act and national sports policy.

Additionally, plans must be drawn to establish infrastructure, develop players to the professional level and recommendations must be made to the Minister regarding the selection of the national teams, school sports and special initiatives with the goal of creating a plan to improve school sports together with the Ministry of Education and making plans in place to create a sports economy using new trends and industrial areas like e-sports.

This is the first time in the sports history that Tri Forces Commanders were appointed as the active members of the National Sports Council in recognition of Tri Forces commitment to uplift the sports of Sri Lanka.

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