Sports Backing

Sept 10, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s schools sports need private sector support, especially for an upcoming meet that will see children from former war-torn areas taking part in a big way, the education minister has said. The education ministry has also started a s scholarship program for talented students who are financially constrained.

“There are a number of talented students whose parents do not have enough income to even buy a pair of shoes,” minister Gunawardena said.

“We invite all the expatriates to come and contribute to the fund as we need to nurture more Olympic medalists.”

He said the fund has so far collected eight million rupees. An all island inter-school sports festival is due to start on September 29, which will cost 30 million rupees.

“We are inviting the private sector to take part in the festival with their financial assistance,” education minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

“This sports meet will see the participation of school children from every part of the country after ending of the war in 2009.”

The Prima Group of companies have already has come forward five million rupees in sponsorship support.

L K Jayaweera, director of sports at the education ministry said