Friday, 25 July 2014 - 8:43
Sports has always played a significant and unifying role in SL; President
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message to the athletes representing Sri Lanka at the 20th Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow, Scotland.
There are 156 athletes from various parts of the country representing Sri Lanka in Glasgow in a number of different events.
The President, in his message, spoke to the athletes about the role they can play in promoting harmony within the country as well.
President Rajapaksa said Sports has always played a significant and unifying role in Sri Lanka, particularly in the post conflict environment of the country, bringing together sportsmen and women and their supporters from across the Island in a spirit of harmony.
In the message to the Sri Lankan athletes, President Rajapaksa reminded them that it is not about winning or losing but it is the spirit in which they perform at the Games that is most important.
Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapakse states that it is the responsibility of each and every citizen to move forward whilst protecting National unity and coexistence.
Addressing a ceremony held yesterday at the Mohideen Jumma mosque in Kandy President reiterated that such cultural bonds must be maintained as it is.
President said the government is dedicated to protect all the religions in the country.
He pointed out that everybody must get-together devoid of religious differences.