Sri Lanka Unveils Visionary Plan for Sports University and Federation Unity by 2024

Sri Lanka Unveils Visionary Plan for Sports University and Federation Unity by 2024

State Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Rohana Dissanayake, unveiled a groundbreaking plan by the Government to establish a new sports university in 2024. This ambitious initiative, guided by President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s vision, was announced during a press conference at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country.’

State Minister Dissanayake underscored the Government’s commitment to addressing challenges within sports federations. To achieve this, the Parliamentary Committee on Sports Ministries has been convened to engage in proactive discussions and seek resolutions. State Minister Dissanayake highlighted ongoing efforts to streamline the operations of the country’s 72 sports federations, with a notable aspect involving the negotiation for the merger of 66 active sports federations by 2024. The aim is to consolidate their responsibilities, duties, and policies, fostering efficiency and unity in the sports sector.

In a financial commitment, State Minister Dissanayake announced the allocation of Rs.125 million to the Sports Development Department for proposed programs in the current year. Despite financial constraints, the Government is resolute in executing these initiatives effectively.

Furthermore, plans for the sports university were detailed, with an estimated cost of approximately US$ 1 billion. Pending approvals from institutions like the University Grants Commission, the institution is set to commence operations in the first quarter of 2024. The university will offer programs in Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, Compound Annual Growth Rate, and Environmental Impact Assessment.

Beyond academic pursuits, the Government is fostering international collaboration through a motorcycle rally involving India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, scheduled from December 29 to January 14. On Thai Pongal day (15), the rally will start from Kankesanturai, Jaffna, and conclude at Galle Face, featuring a cultural show. Additionally, plans include involving members of the youth parliament in regional coordination committees, providing insights into local-level activities and responsibilities. This initiative aims to empower young leaders and contribute to effective governance at the grassroots level.

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