Health Ministry says ‘no’ to FSL AGM on 7 June
By Mustaq Sydeen
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Football Sri Lanka’s (FSL) scheduled for 7 June at the Sports Ministry premises has been postponed for the third time, after the Health Ministry refused to grant approval due to the current travel restrictions in the country.
FSL had made a request to the Health Ministry in writing seeking permission to conduct the AGM on 7 June, and Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, has responded as follows: “As per the current island wide travel restrictions, you are not allowed to conduct gatherings. We advise you to arrange the meeting on an online platform.” This is the third time the AGM has been pushed back.
It was initially slated to be held on 31 May, but due to travel restrictions imposed by the Government the authorities had to reschedule to 1 June, and later to 7 June, which will now be pushed further back.
Commenting on the postponement FSL President Anura de Silva stated: “Our request to conduct the Annual General Meeting on June 7 was not approved by the Health Ministry.
Hence, the AGM will be rescheduled to a new date in due course.” A thrilling battle is expected for the top post of President between Dr. Manil Fernando (son of former football administrator Manilal Fernando), and Jaswar Umar (the incumbent Secretary, who is also a FIFA and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Match Commissioner)