Sri Lanka offers China assistance to develop cricket

Sri Lanka on Monday offered to assist China to develop the game of cricket, a popular sport in the island nation.

The offer was made during bilateral talks held between the President of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Minister of the General Administration of Sports in China Liu Peng and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Aluthgamage said that Sri Lanka can send cricket coaches to China and train budding cricketers or offer training in Sri Lanka at a local cricket academy.

Cricket grew in popularity in Sri Lanka after the country won the world cup in 1996.

During the discussions held on Monday, Aluthgamage also sought assistance from China to coach Sri Lankan sportsmen and women and also to construct a High Altitude Training Centre in Nuwara Eliya.

The matter of implementing a long-term cooperation to develop sports in Sri Lanka with China State General Administration of Sports was also discussed during the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)