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Friday, 20 July 2018 - 19:02
Minister Wijeyadasa clarifies controversy of Galle Stadium
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The Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister, Wijeyadasa Rajapakse told Parliament today (Jul 20) that UNESCO has not informed to not play matches in the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
 
He said this while answering a question posed by MP Chandima Weerakkody who drew the attention of the House to the reports with regard to relocating the Galle Stadium.
 
Speaking further, Minister Rajapakshe said that a group of officials has already assigned to look into the matter and submit a report within two weeks.
 
He said that the government has not taken any decision to relocate the stadium but steps would be taken only to demolish the controversial buildings from the stadium premises.
 
Rumors were circulated that measures would be taken to shift the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
 
The authorities are planning to demolish the unauthorized buildings within the premises.
 
Several factions opined with regard to this action and, a former cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene also requested the government to reconsider the relocation of the stadium.
 
In a Twitter message, Jayawardene stated several remarkable Test matches were played in Galle and a decision to relocate it is regrettable.
 
He further said that the national team displayed their highest performances and won several outstanding matches in Galle.
 
At the same time, posters are pasted around the stadium today against the alleged relocation of the stadium.
 
Meanwhile, Galle Municipal Council protests against the decision to remove the Mahinda Rajapaksa sports complex.
 
Galle Mayor Priyantha Sahabandu told our news team that such a decision would cause inconveniences to the council.

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