’Prevention of offences relating to sports’ Bill passed in Parliament

11 November 2019 04:36 pm - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

The Bill titled ‘Prevention of offences relating to sports’ was unanimously passed without amendments in parliament today.

The Bill, which sought to prevent offences such as match-fixing, corruption, manipulation and illegal betting in sports, was presented in parliament by Sports Minister Harin Fernando.

The Bill also sought to strengthen national and international co-operation among sports organisations, law enforcement agencies and betting operators, to exchange information relating to match-fixing, corruption, illegal manipulation and illegal betting in sports and promote best practices in sports,

It also envisaged conducting programmes in order to promote awareness of the above aspects to improve coordination among stakeholders.

An independent, impartial special investigations unit will be established to carry out investigations into offences. Any person who commits an offence specified in the Bill would be liable to a fine of not exceeding rupees one hundred million or imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or both fine and imprisonment.

Minister Fernando said he was thankful to the Prime Minister and the Speaker who made efforts to convene a special parliament session to debate the Bill and got it approved in parliament while some others were attempting to delay it using various tactics. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 2

  • Srian de Silva Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:04 AM

    What were the Amendments and who proposed them?

    Ranjith Madurasinghe Tuesday, 12 November 2019 04:01 PM

    Amendments are brought in at the last minute. Good to look at it later. If those proposal are good it could be absorbed into the current one since everyone is in agreement with the bill.


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment


Tax chief confident of meeting revenue target set for this year

Sri Lanka’s Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is confident of meeting the Rs.

Batti University should be absorbed to national university system: President

The Batticaloa University should be absorbed to the national university syste

Alibaba’s Daraz and Dialog Axiata Sign a Strategic Partnership to Grow Digital Commerce in Sri Lanka

Dialog Axiata Group and Daraz Sri Lanka have entered into a strategic partne

Sri Lanka, China agree to renegotiate H’tota Port deal

Sri Lanka and China agreed yesterday to renegotiate the Hambantota Port proje