Minister promises better facilities for SL Netball team

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Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe has promised to give more facilities to the Sri Lankan netball team which won the Asian netball crown for the sixth time.

The Minister and senior officials from the Ministry of Sports met with the Sri Lankan netball team last Thursday at the Ministry of Sports.

“The champion team faced a lot of difficulties, but they worked hard for this success,” the sports minister said.

During the previous discussion between sports officials, media personalities and the two Ministers of Sports and Education, the Daily News highlighted the Netball team’s difficulty in finding a place to train as they do not have proper facilities at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium for their training and matches.

The Sports Minister responded by saying that he had already discussed with the Sports Ministry Secretary, Dr Amal Harsha de Silva, and spearheaded the completion of the facilities at the Sugathadasa Sports Hotel for the players.

“Above all, the kitchen is not well prepared for the players; it must be ready soon, ”said the Minister of Sports.

Previously the netball team had a netball court at the Torrington Sports Complex but this is not up to par as they usually practice outdoors at the Torrington Field.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports ordered that the facilities at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium be given to netball players, while emphasizing that the Sports Fund would be allocated for further development. After the Asian Netball Championship, Sri Lanka has also qualified for the World Netball Championship, which will be held in South Africa next year. Sri Lanka and Singapore are the first two teams qualified for the World Cup.

Chairman Ranil Wickremesinghe said he wanted to remove all barriers and build a good platform for players.

“Especially, during this difficult time in the country, the Netball team accomplished this great honor of winning the title for the country,” the president said.

Netball Federation President Victoria Lakshmi and senior Netball Federation officials also graced the occasion.

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