Badminton World Federation suspends Sri Lanka Badminton Association membership

Badminton World Federation suspends Sri Lanka Badminton Association membership

Badminton World Federation suspends Sri Lanka Badminton Association membership

Written by Tharushan Fernando

22 Jul, 2015 | 10:49 pm

The Badminton World Federation has suspended the membership of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association with immediate effect.

Speaking to Sports1st, Director General of the Department of Sports Development K.D.S. Ruwanchandra said that the membership had been susupended as the consitution of the local body did not fall in line with that of the sports’ world governing body.

The Director General of the Department of Sports Development added that the Badminton World Federation has informed the Sri Lanka Badminton Association that its membership has been suspended but it has not mentioned for how long; and it has only mentioned that the membership has been suspended with immediate effect and they say the reason is because the constitution of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association does not fall in line with constitution of the world governing body of the sport.

Sports1st contacted the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association Suraj Dandeniya over the matter.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association, Suraj Dandeniya noted that after an issue between the National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports in 2013, the International Olympic Committee gave us six months to sort out this constitution. However its been a year and a half and the Sports Ministry and the National Olympic Committee have failed to rectify the issue so w are awaiting the forming of the constitution and the constitution that we compiled was approved by the BWF.

Minister of Sports Navin Dissanayake said that discussions will be held with the Badminton World Federation over the issue.

He added that this is actually quite an unfair decision because we do have the opportunity to implement our own sports regulations. So we hold elections according to our sports regulations. So, we will try to hold discussions with them to lift this suspension. He said

However the way I see it there is no basis to the facts they have presented us on the suspension so what is actually happening here is that since certain officials who have served for more than four years cannot contest again, they are portraying a wrong image to international associations and I believe that this is causing great harm to the country but we will not succumb to it.

Secretary of the National Olympic Committee Maxwell de Silva said that they have not received any official notice from the Badminton World Federation over the suspension of the Sri Lanka Badminton Association.

There are currently over 6000 shuttlers representing 225 schools and at national level.

The first badminton player to Represent Sri Lanka at the Olympics,Thilini Jayasinghe added that, from a players perspective, it is quite unfair, because the Olympics will be staged next year and no player will be able to represent the country at the games and it is a great loss at such a time. She said:

So, I believe that it is best that swift measures be taken to lift the ban and If not, no youngster or senior will be able to take part in any international event.

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