Thilanga Sumathipala’s nomination rejected by Sports Minister

out     Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said he had rejected Thilanga Sumathipala’s nomination for the presidency of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as it violated the Sports Law.

The Minister further said that SLC had received three complaints of violations against Sumathipala. According to that the committee headed by the Secretary of Sports Ministry stated that Sumathipala had violated the Sports Law under Regulation 15. (1).

Earlier this month, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage appointed a three-member committee which was headed by the Sports Ministry Secretary A.M. Jayawickrama, Attorney-at-Law Panduka Keerthinanda and a representative of Auditor General’s Department B M K Mohottala to probe the objections against the nomination of MP Thilanga Sumathipala for the presidency of SLC.

Three cricket clubs filed objections against Sumathipala’s nomination based on his involvement in betting, media and sports equipment businesses.

The committee also pointed out that Sumathipala and his wife were shareholders and directors of companies which imported sports equipment at the time of nomination.

He also said that other nominations has been rejected by the SLC as well. The other aspirants are incumbent Chairman Upali Dharmadasa and President of the Badureliya Cricket Association Sumith Perera.

The election of officials to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), scheduled for March 30, was postponed to April 16 following objections filed against candidates who handed over nominations for the top posts in the cricket board.

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