SLBF sign ‘safe sport’ policy MOU with NOCSL
The Basketball Federation of Sri Lanka (SLBF) signed the ‘Safe Sport’ policy in sport mooted by the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee at the NOCSL headquarters on Tuesday. By signing this groundbreaking agreement, SLBF is hoping to make the sport safe for the athlete and make the scope wider for participation.
Explaining their stance, newly elected SLBF President Aelian Gunawardena said: “Basketball like any other sport - particularly a sport that is played amongst females as much as males - require that the players are kept safe when it comes to the coaching staff, management staff and the parents. Essentially it has to be a safe place for all participants. “It also has to be safe among the players as well. You have to be mindful of seniors bullying the juniors and harassing them in other ways.
It is important that it has to be a safe place for the juniors to be in the sport. I noticed this even in schools; the younger players may be qualified to play along with the seniors, but are wary owing to the said reasons. But if there are is a laid down policy which spells the way that a player or anyone connected to the team could be penalised through the Federations to the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, it might be a good way of making players feel safer, and I believe this is the whole purpose of it.
Then even if there is a predator, they would be mindful and back off.” Gunawardena said he was elected to the chair two months ago, and one of the very first acts of the new body was to draft a new code of conduct taking salient points from institutions like the NOCSL and other sports bodies. He said that when there is a policy laid down on paper there is a mechanism to address particular situations.
(Picture by Kandula Yatawara NOC SL)