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Sports Minister to introduce an insurance scheme for athletes

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Discussions are underway with the Sri Lanka Insurance Company (SLIC) to offer an insurance scheme for athletes, Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday (11).

Pointing out that only cricketers are currently insured, he said that necessary steps to implement this scheme will be finalised soon.

He added that there is an issue regarding the qualifications of sports coaches and noted that they should be regulated.  

By regulating sports coaches in collaboration with national and international sports associations, they can be professionals in the field and through that, a future programme to uplift sports coaches could be initiated, he said.

Responding to a question raised by SJB MP Rauff Hakeem regarding Hockey in the Matale district, teh Sports Minister said a sum of LKR 50 million has been allocated from this year's budget for the upliftment of hockey in the country.

He added that the Sri Lanka Hockey Association is undergoing many internal problems and discussions have been held with the Director-General of Sports to hold the Hockey Association elections in the next two months.

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