Allegations against the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee (Video)

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 - 14:58

Representing the country, the Sri Lankan delegation consisted of 17 officers and only nine athletes.

While the 2020 Olympic Games is ongoing for the 12th day, the Sri Lankan athletes have concluded their events ahead of time. This is in a background where Sri Lankan athletes failed to reach their personal best.

It is also noteworthy that a physiotherapist was not included in the Sri Lanka delegation which travelled to Japan with the approval of the Sports Ministry.

However, prior to leaving for Tokyo, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) had included a physiotherapist not recommended by the National Sports Medicine Unit in the Sri Lankan team referred to the Minister of Sports for approval.

In that instance, Sports Ministry officials had informed the NOC that a physiotherapist recommended by the National Sports Medicine Unit should be included in the list.

However, the NOC officers had informed that IOC as decided not to allow physiotherapists to be included in the Olympic Games and that the name will be removed from the Sri Lanka Olympic team.

In spite of that, on whose request did Pradeep Perera, the former President of the Sri Lanka Wrestling Federation, who had no qualifications on the subject, travel to Japan with the team while claiming to be team's physiotherapist?

During his tenure as the President of the Sri Lanka Wrestling Federation from 2017 to 2019, he was also accused of embezzling nearly Rs. 3.6 million in preparing the Sri Lankan wrestling team for the 2019 South Asian Games

This was confirmed by the Appeals Committee appointed by the Ministry of Sports to investigate the financial fraud.

In such a background, on whose authority did the NOC make such executive decision, while playing the Sports Ministry as well?

It is a pity that there is still no one who has been able to put an end to this drama being staged by the officials of the National Olympic Committee in Sri Lanka by pretending to have a power that does not exist in the presence of every appointed Sports Minister.