Aim is to ensure that politics does not creep into sports – Sports Minister

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Thenuka Vidanagamage, who has been appointed as the new Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, said that his aim is to ensure that politics does not creep into sports, and he will work in unison as a team with all sports bodies towards the success of sports in the country.

The new Minister made this comment during a meeting with members and former officials of the National Sports Council (NSC). The term of the NSC had expired with the lapse of the official tenure of the previous Sports Minister.

Hence, Vidanagamage had met with the former members of the NSC who had served for a period of 18-months and exchanged views with them towards the development of the country’s sporting firmament. He had especially commended the services of the former officials of the NSC towards uplifting sports and had sought their support in the future as well.

The Minister had also emphasised the importance of the formation of the new NSC ahead of formulating plans towards the forthcoming Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Vidanagamage had also expressed his desire to hold talks with the Sports Development Department of the Ministry of Sports, NSC and the National Olympic Committee shortly.