Sri Lanka to challenge suspension from BFW

badmintonThe Sports Ministry said that it will challenge the suspension of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The BWF recently suspended SLBA’s membership stating the consitution of the local body did not fall in line with that of the sports’ world governing body.

The suspension will lead to a total ban for national players from competing in any international tournaments which is organized by the BWF.

However in a statement released today, the Sports Ministry said that the action by the BWF was unfair, prejudiced, bias and unjust as the SLBA nor any other officials of the Ministry had not been given an opportunity to explain nor make representations.

“The Ministry is also unaware of any official been appointed to inquire or verify any matters relating to SLBA by the BWF,” the statement said. “In these circumstances the Ministry of Sports and the SLBA will refer this matter to the Tribunal Arbitral Du Sport (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and take all necessary steps to remove the suspension at the earliest.”

The suspension comes after 18 months of talks between the BWF and the Sri Lankan badminton officials over the way the Association conducts its duties.

According to local reports, there are currently 6000 shuttlers representing 225 schools and at national level in the island nation.