Minister ready to take on traitors
Published : 9:17 pm May 21, 2012 | One comment |
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The Athletics Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) said that the Asian Junior Championships has been cancelled as a result of an ill-informed letter written to the Asian Athletic Association by former officials of the AASL. This was stated in a media release issued by the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka on Monday.
Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage too confirmed that a former official of the AASL had written to IAAF officials complaining about the last elections of the AASL.
There was an open vote at the AASL elections held early this month but former AASL officials claim that conducting an open vote is a violation of the constitution of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka.
There were endless disputes at the last AASL elections and even the Director General of the Ministry of Sports could not calm down the gathering. Ultimately, she called upon the Minister himself to intervene and control the situation.
According to the Minister, such complaints have given a misleading picture of the current state of affairs at AASL and the Asian Junior Athletic Championship had to be cancelled.
"We know who these people are. They are the people who had been communicating with IAAF officials since the election was announced"
"I'm ready to take appropriate action against these traitors" the minister said.
"This is an absolute crime, just because one man couldn't get elected to the AAA, he has written to world officials and given misleading information. That was the reason to cancel the championship in Colombo," Aluthgamage said.
The Asian Athletic Association (AAA) has decided not to go ahead with the Asian Junior Athletic Championships to be held in Sri Lanka next month. The most important event for Asian Junior athletes was to be held from 9 to 12 June at Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo.