President to open sports complex today
The newly constructed `Nawalapitiya Jayathillake Sports Complex’ will
be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the invitation of Sports
Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, today at 3.00 p.m.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage
The new sports complex which is constructed at a cost of Rs. 250
million is the first-ever fully equipped sports complex opened in the
Central Province, under the `Regional Sports Facilities and Complexes
Development Program’ launched by the Ministry of Sports.
A senior Ministry official said 25 various events could be staged in
the complex and the turf has been constructed accordingly.
Sports Minister Mahindananda Alluthgamage told the Sunday Observer
that the Government’s prime objective is to develop sports in the
country and take the local sportsmen and sportswomen to the
He said the Government has allocated Rs. 4500 million to construct
314 sports grounds in all Divisional Secretariats, 25 large scale
District level sports complexes and nine sports stadia in all provinces
under the program.
Minister Aluthgamage also said that his Ministry has taken steps to
develop sports in villages and encourage sportsmen and sports women to
take part in various games.