Namal strives for sports resumption
A discussion had taken place between officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Health at the Ministry of Health on 5 January, concerning the resumption of training activities of all sports in the country, since such activities had been put on hold due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Youth and Sports said in a Media release.
During the discussion the officials from both Ministries had exchanged views regarding the importance of recommencing sports-oriented training activities and exercises.
Consensus was reached at the end of the discussion to resume the aforesaid activities adhering to strict health protocols at regional and national levels systematically, to prevent sportsmen/women contracting the dreaded illness.
The officials had also decided to resume individual games and those games that pose a minimum risk to players and public alike, before expanding it to team sports methodically.
They had also decided to resume sports only in areas of the country that pose minimal risk to the masses from the COVID-19 pandemic, and had agreed to put on hold sports activities in areas which have been identified as risky.
Both Ministries had also decided to jointly formulate health guidelines ahead of the resumption of sports activities.
Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa and State Minister of Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Development Thenuka Vidanagamage, had also participated at the discussion.
After rugby was categorised as a high-risk sport, Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) waited a long time to get the green light from the Sports Ministry to resume the sport - with an inter club sevens scheduled for next month - but they haven’t received any feedback from the relevant authority so far. SLR is now in a positive state of mind after the discussion concerning the resumption of training activities of all sports in the country, and believes rugby can be seen in action soon.
When contacted SLR President Rizly Illyas said: “We are blessed by the tweet and social media post addressed by Minister, which was followed by a Media release from the Minister’s office giving an insight of steps to be followed. This is welcome news to the SLR and the rugby fraternity of Sri Lanka; this is oxygen to the rugby players coaches and fans.”