The Annual General Meeting of the Professional Sports Journalists Association of Sri Lanka (PSJA) was held on 15 March at the National Institute of Sports Science auditorium. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure Facilities, Foreign Employment and Sports was the Chief Guest.
“Most of the sports societies have been created to keep power within families. That has become the biggest disaster for sports. There is no help for the players. Some players complain that they don’t get the required facilities. Now the National Sports Council is totally activated to hear their complaints. I think that the legal background for sports should be changed,” said the Minister.
The Minister pledged that in future he will look into the welfare of the sports journalists in Sri Lanka who are dedicated to the sports sector in the country.
He further said that he will take steps to separate sports from politics. For example, a team going abroad to participate in a tournament should obtain the approval/signature of the Sports Minister, and this one of the best examples of politicization of sports.
He further stressed that the Ministry of Sports will sponsor a Presidents Sports Award Ceremony for the sports journalists of Sri Lanka.
He further said that the sponsorship provided for the professional sports journalists in Sri Lanka is considerably low and stressed that protecting the sports journalists in the country is one of their responsibilities.
Former Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha, who also attended the event, stated that when Dayasiri Jayasekara was the Sports Minister he also contributed towards the welfare of the sports journalists. Accordingly, he said that he, too, provided maximum sponsorship for sports.
“The fourth eye of a country is the sports journalists. Sports journalists provide a special service to the country. Accordingly, we will take every step to fulfill our duties towards you,” said the Director General of Sports Dammika Muthugala.
Chairman of the PSJASL Saranga Pathirana, General Secretary Sirinama Rajapaksha, Treasurer Yohan Bhasura, Senior Deputy Chairman Palitha Senarath Yapa and the Deputy Chairmen Pathum Sri Wijerathna, Nevil Anthony and Hasitha Akalanka participated at the event.
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