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Protest against politicisation of sports
 
Opposition member of parliament and former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga was among the protesters launching a petition on Thursday against alleged corruption in the governing body of cricket and the politicisation of sports administration.

Arjuna Ranatunga captained the team that won the world cup for Sri Lanka
Arjuna Ranatunga captained the team that won the world cup for Sri Lanka

Ranatunga joined the protest led by members of Socialist Youth Union, a group affiliated to Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) opposite Fort Railway station in Colombo, demanding an end to the government appointing interim committees to run Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and other sports administrations.

corruption

There were accusations against the cricket officials of corruption and mismanagement as the governing body accumulated $69 million in debt after co-hosting the World Cup with India and Bangladesh.

Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage removed the previous administration earlier this month and appointed another interim committee.

The secretary of the ousted Interim committee, Nishantha Ranatunga told the BBC earlier that it signed a controvercial five-year deal allowing a foreign company to run Sri Lanka's Premier League. He denied the corruption allegations levelled against the committee.

"Sri Lanka Cricket has become bankrupt and authorities have no interest in rectifying this sad situation," Ranathunga said.

Nishantha Ranatunga
Arjuna's brother Nishantha Rantunga was the former secretary of the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket

He called on the public "to join hands to stop political interference and restore the image of sports."

Not only cricket

“Our country gained recognition and popularity around the world due to our abilities in sports. Team that won the cricket world cup and our athletes made us famous around the world”. Said the former captain of the team which won the world cup in 1996.

The protesters said that, not only cricket but other sports bodies such as rugby and badminton are also marred with political interference.

Due to Infighting and political interference, elections for office bearers for Sri Lanka Cricket had not being held for seven years

 
 
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