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Dollar crisis affects Sri Lanka’s participation in international sports events


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Many national sports associations are finding it difficult to send teams for international competitions because of the dollar crisis.

Entry fees and related expenditure for hotel accommodation have to be paid in dollars but with local bank not offering credit facilities, Sri Lanka is unable to participate in international competitions.

Sri Lanka is scheduled to participate in many international tournaments at Asian and World level but many sports bodies are unable to submit their entries because of the dollar crisis.

Meanwhile, 30 national sports associations which had depended on funds approved by the National Sports Council (NSC) and High Performance Sports Programme to participate in international competitions, foreign training and allowances for foreign coaches but with the NSC not functioning they are in a quandary.

In addition, there is a danger of Sri Lanka missing several international tournaments this year such volleyball (five), athletics (four), football (two), badminton (three), weightlifting, netball, table tennis, judo and wrestling because of the dollar crisis.(Susil Premalal)

  Comments - 16

  • Mizaru Friday, 08 April 2022 09:20 AM

    No issue. This is not a time to play and enjoy. People are living on just a meal a day or even foregoing meals the whole day.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 08 April 2022 09:26 AM

    Nowadays, only Rajapakse and his family have funds to go out of the country whether Dubai, Maldives or USA. So shut up and stay like this because all you Sinhalese fools voted for racist baila.

    Hubert Congreve Friday, 08 April 2022 09:32 AM

    As long as Gota remains as President never expects any International Events for any SriLankans.

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 08 April 2022 09:34 AM

    This is probably the least important thing Sri Lanka should be spending dollars on right now

    Rock Shockman Friday, 08 April 2022 09:34 AM

    Gota, Namal

    ANTON Friday, 08 April 2022 09:36 AM


    Lan Friday, 08 April 2022 09:56 AM

    First feed people then we could do all this . It is only for sometime. People are starving so now. Preference must be given for needy and poor of Sri Lankan people who are suffering now. .

    Jegan Friday, 08 April 2022 09:58 AM

    It's ok. First, we need find dollars for medicine and export industries.

    Gee Friday, 08 April 2022 09:59 AM

    Economic crisis but whole week of holiday next week. Worlds laziest country

    Andrew Silva Friday, 08 April 2022 10:02 AM

    Come on Sri Lanka we don’t need sports now after the sports minister has resigned.

    Karu Friday, 08 April 2022 10:35 AM

    Namal baby can participate in all international events. He has the talent and the Dollars with private jets to fly.

    sabeer Friday, 08 April 2022 12:08 PM

    but Baby is attending sports events waterboarding in Maldives and sky diving in Dubai

    Patriotic Friday, 08 April 2022 12:24 PM

    Ask loan in USD from IPL Sri Lankan cricketers playing right now in India.

    N SENA Friday, 08 April 2022 12:31 PM


    Mandayan Friday, 08 April 2022 01:14 PM

    Namel did water sports in Male! That’s enough!

    Ranaweera Friday, 08 April 2022 06:18 PM

    It is better that we do not participate as we always loose these due to corrupt politicians and players who sell out the games.

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