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National Olympic Committee elections in December- Hemasiri Fernado

National Olympic Committee elections in December- Hemasiri Fernado

By Hishan Welmilla in Ashgabat .The elections of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) will be held in December says its president Hemasiri Fernando.

Fernando who is Ashgabat, attending the 36th General Assembly stated this to the media who are present here to cover the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Gems 2017.

“We are ready for elections in December as per the Olympic charter. We got clear instructions from International Olympic Committee (IOC) and we will process the matter from next week and will call or nominations soon” added.

It was earlier said that the elections of the NOCSL will be postponed as six of the National Sports Governing Bodies has not completed their elections of new office bearers. As per the Sports rule NOCSL could not hold its elections if any of the registered Sports governing bodies which are recognized as Olympic sport.

But according to Fernando, they could hold the elections of NOCSL with the sports Associations who have an approved office bearers from their respective International association they affiliated with. Therefore even no elections were held by the sports associations under the sports law of Sri Lanka who NOCSL could hold its elections.

“I am expecting an official letter from IOC in this regard and no sooner it comes I am ready to hold the elections” Fernando stressed. 

But the veteran sports administer who held the position of president NOCSL for 22 years will not run for the position again and expect to allow suitable candidate to contest and win.

“I will not come for the elections this time. I have already declared it. There’re many parties made the request to take another term but I have decided to quit and the decision will not revoke.” said Fernando.

Even though he Fernando leave the office he will be Honorary President of NOCSL and also hold the position of the Vice President posts in the Olympic Council Of Asia (OCA) and The Commonwealth Games Federation.

There are few individuals’ eyes for the top seat of the NOCSL and Fernando believe the Sports Federations will vote and elect the best with correct credentials.

National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) vowed to iron out all the sports regulations introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka under the sports Law No. 25 of 1975 and Sports Regulations No. 1793/3 and No. 1825/38 of 2013 which are directly on conflict with the Olympic charter.

There are 10 new key regulations introduced in 2013 which is contradicting the Olympic charter and these new regulations were not accepted by International Olympic Committee (IOC) annoyed on the content which threatened the autonomy of NOCSL and all the National Sports federations and Associations of Sri Lanka.

As these conditions prevailed and also due to the NOCSL elections pending 2013, IOC intervened and summoned NOCSL and the Ministry of Sports Sri Lanka to Lausanne at which meeting a road map was agreed upon during the regime of Former Sports Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Following warnings from International Olympic Committee few years ago, the NOCSL stood up for changes to the sports law and regulations.



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