COLOMBO, Feb. 27 (AP-Focus) — Sri Lanka’s new National Olympic Committee President Suresh Subramaniam says he will look towards China for expertise and assistance.
Subramaniam told AP-Focus that he is very keen to have dialogue with China since China is a leader in international sports and have produced Olympic champions in the past.
“Our two countries have a long and healthy relationship. We can transfer that relationship to sports as well,” he said.
Subramaniam said that he will be travelling to China in March and will seek to have meetings with the Chinese Olympic Committee during the visit.
Subramaniam was recently appointed President of the National Olympic Committee after obtaining majority support at the election.
“Our Olympic movement comprises of 31 summer sports federations and 2 athletics commissions. We had a very successful AGM on the 23rd February after 9 years. After a due election process the new committee was elected for a 4 year term. In all, 12 members including the President had been elected to run the federation for the next 4 years,” he said.
Subramaniam said that the National Olympic Committee had been influenced by political interference over the last nine years.
He said that there was some uncertainty which affected Sri Lanka’s chances in Olympic sporting events.
However now with an elected body in place, Subramaniam said he was confident the committee will be able to operate without any political interference.