Mahela Jayawardena to head new Sports Council

A new Sports Council headed by former Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena has been appointed.

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa appointed the council and had his first meeting with the members today.

The Sports Council has been tasked to draft a new Sports Act and also approve all national teams in future.

Rajapaksa said that in future he will approve national teams only after they are approved by the Sports Council.

The Sports Council includes former cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, Julian Bolling, Dilantha Malagamuwa, Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson, Supun Weerasinghe, Rohan Fernando, Ruwan Keragala, Sanjeewa Wickramanayake, Major General Rajitha Ampemohotti, Lieutenant General Shaveendra Silva, Rowena Samarasinghe, Yaswanth Muttetuwegama, A.J.S.S Edirisooriya and Thiyumi Abeysinghe. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Sri Lanka’s best hopes of winning an Olympic gold medal are in the lower weight divisions of boxing. And a critical omission from this sporting council is one of Sri Lanka’s best boxing administrators Mr Dian Gomes.

    Traditionally, membership of these council/committees are sought as badges of social prestige. This has resulted in administrations devoid of the required expertise. For once, we have been blessed with a council of exceptional talent and expertise, with perhaps only one exception.

    Namal Rajapaksa has made a “flying-start” in his role as minister. If he continues in the role as “listener” and “facilitator,” we can expect dramatic improvements in the sporting arena.

  2. What the heck is Shavendra Silva doing on a sports council ? He seems to be a self appointed expert on Everything.

    To quote the legendary Dirty Harry ( Clint Eastwood), “ A man’s got to know his limitations”.

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