Three cycling officials face life ban | Sunday Observer

Three cycling officials face life ban

23 August, 2020

Three former Cycling Federation officials are in danger of facing a life ban after they failed to appear for an inquiry at the Sports Ministry on Wednesday.

The three former officials had received an ultimatum to submit the audited financial accounts Statement to the Sports Ministry which they failed to do according to an official of the Sports Development Department

The Sports Development Department headed by its Director General Amal Edirisuriya had already announced that all National Sports Associations should present audited financial reports within two months of the fiscal year but the Cycling Federation failed to sub their accounts for the period 2018 and 2019.

According to the Sports Law any office bearer or executive committee member who violates the Regulation is ineligible to submit his or her nomination to contest an election in any of the National Sports Associations. According to an official of the Sports Ministry a letter signed by Assistant Director Sports RB Wickramasinghe to the three former Cycling Federation officials has stated that as per the request made by the three officials, the date of the inquiry had been postponed from August 4 to 19 and if they failed to present themselves the Ministry would take legal action in accordance with the Sports Law.

The Cycling Federation was suspended last July by former Sports Minister Dullas Alahapperuma through an Extraordinary Gazette notification dated July 27, 2019 due to financial irregularities.