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Mega development plan to boost sports in Sri Lanka

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa

The Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Improvement State Ministry is planning to invest a sum of Rs. 2,940 million this year for a series of proposed development programmes.

This development programme includes the reconstruction of school playgrounds, national sports schools, public playgrounds, sports clubs, and youth clubs as well as conducting rural and divisional sports tournaments.

These details were revealed by the Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa and Rural and School Sports Infrastructure improvement State Minister Thenuka Vidanagamage. The Sports Ministry has already identified that most of the school playgrounds are not up to the standard for the students’ sports activities.

There are about 10,175 playgrounds in schools all over the country. The Ministry is planning to select one school from each zone and altogether 99 playgrounds to reconstruct and improve the standard with the allocation of Rs. 320m.

The reconstruction work includes the improvement of playgrounds, dressing rooms, and the installment of special drainage systems for the ground.

In addition, the Ministry will invest a sum of Rs. 380m for sports equipment allocated for the schools which will be select on zonal basis.

The Ministry will specially focus on the National Sports Schools for development through this project. Last year, five National Schools were developed by the Ministry and this year the Ministry is hoping to develop a further 12 National Sports Schools with the support of the three forces. They hope to invest a sum of Rs. 250m for this project.

The Ministry is also expected to upgrade 200 public grounds with an investment of Rs. 1,000m.

The Ministry hopes to spend Rs. 5m for each project which includes player sanitary facilities, dressing rooms, sprinkler systems, and a fence around the ground for protection while these projects will be completed through Provincial Councils.

In addition, rural playground development is another area to focus and the Ministry hopes to invest Rs. 500m.

The Ministry also hopes to invest Rs. 15m to conduct rural and divisional level sports tournaments such as marathons and cycling events to provide more opportunities for rural athletes.

The Ministry will also focus on the development of Sports Clubs and Youth Clubs while providing sports equipment to enhance their facilities. Meanwhile, a special focus will be made on traditional sports to build-up good friendships and to create a good sports culture among the athletes. Rs. 25m will be allocated for this project.

In addition, a sum of Rs. 100m will be allocated for the publicity of this proposed project with the assistance of print and electronic media through the backing of Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.

Sports Minister, Namal Rajapaksa stressing a point to officials at the Media Ministry. Also in the picture are, Media Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella and Rural and School Sports Infrastructure improvement State Minister Thenuka Vidanagamage.