Selection and politics: Olympic secretary stabbed | Sunday Observer

Selection and politics: Olympic secretary stabbed

8 May, 2022
Maxwell de Silva
Maxwell de Silva

Knife brandishing assailants escape in his car after claiming they were victims of NOC policy:

Maxwell de Silva the General Secretary of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) was stabbed and injured when a couple of unidentified assailants attacked him with a knife in the early hours of Friday and made their getaway in his car.

Two attackers had entered the premises of De Silva in the early hours of the morning and when his wife opened the front door alerted by the barking of their two dogs, the duo pushed her down and entered the house.

Confronting De Silva inside the house the two attackers stabbed him in his hands saying they were victims of injustice.

De Silva sustained injuries to four of his fingers.

The attackers then gained access to De Silva’s car to get away from the scene. They had left the car at another location and switched to a trishaw to get to their destination.

Calling it a “sad day in Olympism” the NOC said the attack could be linked to selection of athletes for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England in July

“It is believed that this is a result of the Commonwealth Games selections and a party who is affected by it.

“It is also thought this is an extension of the rivalry between De Silva supporters and the faction that faced defeat at the last contest for the executive committee positions of the NOC,” the NOC said in a statement.

De Silva was rushed to the accident ward where he received treatment to his four fingers that needed surgery.

Police are now on the lookout for the attackers who were seen boarding the trishaw on a CCTV camera what was at that location.

“It won’t be long before the attackers are apprehended by the Police,” said Suresh Subramanium the president of the NOC.