President promises to provide sponsorships for the progress of sports.
The medal winners of the 2018 Junior Asian Athletics Championship held in Geegfu, Japan met with President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s office (29).
The Sri Lankan medal winners were successful in winning 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals while the President who appreciated their talents, offered them best wishes for their sports career in the future.
President Sirisena mentioned that the government will provide every facility to encourage the winners for their future career in sports and for the progress of the field of sports.
Meanwhile several private organizations have stepped forward to contribute in uplifting the nutrition of the medal winners and providing other facilities.
President Sirisena who paid attention on the appeal made to grant tax reliefs to the organizations that are sponsoring sports, based on the sponsorship that is made, said that steps will be taken to provide tax relief after discussing with the cabinet of ministers.
It was stated that the motive should bev to win a medal for the country in Olympics in 2020 and 2024. President Sirisena mentioned that felicitation given to the sportsmen and sportswomen would encourage others to joins athletics and to add enthusiasm for the field of sports in the country.
The medal winners in 2018 Junior Asian Athletics Championships S. Aruna Dharshana, of Akuramboda Weera Keppetipola Central College, G.M.G.L Kodikara of Maliyadewa College, Kurunegala, K.P.T.R. Ravishka Indrajit of of St/Benedict’s College Colombo, G.D.K.K. Pabasara of Nalanda College Colombo, Parami Wathsala Marstella of Kuliyapitiya Central College, K.G.Dilshi Kumarasighe of Walala, A/Rathnayake Central College Amasha De Silva of Swarnamali Girl’s College, Kandy, Sachini Tharaka Divyanjali of Lyceum International School Wattala and Rumesha Ishara Aththidiya of Lyceum International School, Nugegoda were present in this event.
Minister Faizer Mustapha and other officials of the Ministry of Sports, parents of the medal winners, principals, and coaches were present in this event.