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Sri Lanka Cricket Cancels Seminar on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act

Written by Sumit Seth

Due to the re-emergence of Covid-19 threat in the country, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has cancelled the Seminar on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act, which was scheduled to be held on October 10 at Jaic Hilton, Cricket Age reliably learns.

“In view of the prevailing circumstances surrounded by Covid-19 in the country and government health guidelines to avoid any public gathering, we regret to inform you that Sri Lanka cricket has decided to cancel the holding of seminar on Prevention of Offences Relating to Sports Act, in order to be in the compliance with government health protocols and to curb the risk of spreading the virus” SLC secretary Mohan De Silva, in a letter sent to clubs, said.

Sri Lanka was among safest countries in the world, amid the ongoing epidemic crisis.  However, in last one week, the situation has significantly worsen with the tracking of hundreds of new cases. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka has already lost out on hosting a couple of high-profile cricket series. In March, England’s two-Test tour of Sri Lanka was postponed after the ECB requested for it due to the growing threat of the virus. Last week, India’s tour of Sri Lanka was also called off, an assignment that should have seen India played three ODIs and three T20Is starting June end and continuing till July.

Just a week ago, Bangladesh’s three-Test tour of Sri Lanka was also postponed indefinitely,  following a stalemate between the BCB and SLC over quarantine requirements, with weeks of negotiation failing to yield an agreement between the two boards. The ongoing U23 domestic tournament has also been postponed.

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