Sri Lanka Badminton Faces Suspension!

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has warned that the Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) will be suspended if they did not conduct their AGM and form an acceptable governance by 30th June 2015.

In a letter sent to Amal Dias and signed by Thomas Lund the General Secretary of BWF has expressed hope that the promised revisions of the Sri Lanka Sports Law will be presented latest by 30th June and this means that a process can be initiated to get the governance structure in Sri Lanka badminton brought up to date. If this does not happen the BWF will have no other option than to suspend SLBA.

There is an ongoing process between the IOC and the Sri Lanka Ministry of Sports to come up with the revised Sports Law latest by 30th June 2015. The BWF recommend that the amended Sports Law be reviewed before the AGM and new elections are planned.

The letter goes on to state that if the draft of the revised Sports Law is produced and acceptable by 30 June, BWF will ask SLBA to plan a meeting to update their governance structure. This includes to conduct a Special General Meeting (SGM) to make necessary revisions to the SLBA constitution and bring it in line with the BWF requirements.

The proposed changes must be sent to BWF before these are circulated to the membership leading up to the SGM.

BWF has also warned that if the Ministry of Sports fails to present an acceptable draft of the new Sports Law the BWF will initiate procedures to immediately suspend the SLBA until such time that an acceptable governance structure has been set up around the SLBA. This move is to protect the SLBA against any unacceptable government interference.

The delay to revise the Sports Law by the Ministry of Sports has become a bane to all sports associations in Sri Lanka. All world governing bodies of sports, mainly the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is standing firm regarding changes to the sports law in compliance to the stipulated rules. If this is not done the elections of all sports bodies in Sri Lanka will not be recognized and possibly face suspensions. All elections stand to gain null and void status by the IOC.

The election conducted by the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) is already not recognized by the IAAF who states that there is government interference. The recent visit by the former president of AASL Maj. Gen. (rtd) Palitha Fernando and secretary Prema Pinnawela to Wuhan, China met with officials from the IAAF who had confided that they only recognize Fernando and Pinnawela as the officials from Sri Lanka.

Even the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) election is not recognized by the world governing body FINA. The visit of Wasim Majid, a committee member of FINA and a Pakistani national, has said that FINA is not recognizing the newly elected office bearers of SLASU.

The election of SLASU is allegedly conducted at short notice and was known only to a few affiliated members.