The Sri Lanka Athletics Association has shirked its responsibility of providing air tickets to the Sri Lankan Youth Team to participate in the World Indoor Athletics Junior Championship scheduled for tomorrow in Cali, Colombia.
Nearly a month and a half ago, 07 players who performed well above the required level of performance for the Junior World Indoor Games were to participate in the Junior Athletic Championship in Cali in Colombia.
Plans were underway to hold the event tomorrow with the participation of athletes from around the world, including Sri Lanka.
According to the schedule, the Sri Lankan athletes were to leave the country last night (29). The Ministry of Sports granted necessary approval and allocated financial provisions for their travel. The Ministry of Sports assigned Sri Lanka sports to make necessary travel arrangements and purchase the tickets for the athletes.
However, the youth were denied the opportunity due to the non-availability of air tickets. They are known to be the best young athletes in Sri Lanka.
These players, their coaches and parents stayed at the stadium gate in Torrington until dawn last night and demanded justice for them.