Attire of National squad to Olympics: Probe to be launched

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 29 2021

By Thameenah Razeek 

A thorough investigation will be launched to determine why the Sri Lankan squad, to the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games, was not provided with attire bearing the national flag and country name, Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said on Tuesday (27). Addressing the weekly Cabinet Media briefing, at the Department of Government Information, Rambukwella said that concerns have been raised within the Government that athletes representing Sri Lanka, at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, are no longer clad in attire bearing the Sri Lanka national flag or the country’s name. 

Rambukwella stated that a thorough investigation will be conducted by the authorities from the Ministry of Sports to determine what really went wrong. When questioned if there was a specific reason why Sri Lankan athletes do not use the flag or the country’s name on their attire, he said the matter has been discussed at length in recent days but refused to give a direct answer. “We all noticed and we should take this seriously and do what we need to do to find out whether any problems occurred throughout any procedure,” he said. Meanwhile, he revealed that the Sports Minister and other State Ministers attended the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony through the sponsorship from various companies rather than using Government funds. He stated that numerous private companies agreed to fund the tour to Japan, and that they paid a visit as a result of those sponsorships.

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 29 2021

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