12th October 2022 09:08:44 Hours
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil was reappointed as the head of the National Sports Selection Committee for two more years.Hon Roshan Ranasinghe, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and Minister of Irrigation reappointed General Shavengra Silva to this appointment during the modest ceremony held at the Ministry of Sports this morning ( 04 October).
Hon Minister highly appreciated the service of the members of the previous Sports Selection Committee whilst specially commending the commitment and dedication of the CDS as the Chairman. Hon Minister further elaborated that the spirit and commitment of the previous Members of the Committee are well exhibited with the national and international achievements in the field of sports.
During the brief discussion, Hon Minister conveyed the way forward of responsibilities of the committee with the new appointment. He also stated that his stance was always to appoint a group of members who has an interest, concern, and a practical knowledge of sports and the related field. Further, Hon Minister highlighted that the future of the every young sportsmen and women of this nation will depend on this committee and its decisions.
The CDS headed Selection Committee was earlier comprised of only five members. However, it has now expanded to 7 member committee and the new members of the committee are as follows:
a. Mr Arjun Rishya Fernando - The Secretary
b. Dr Maiya Gunasekara - Member
c. Mr Prasanna Chandith - Member
d. The former veteran cricketer, Mr Sanath Jayasooriya - Member
e. Secretary of the National Olympic Committee, Mr Maxwell de Silva - Member
f. Ms Thilaka Jinadasa - Member