Junior Athletes miss tournament due to officials' negligence
The Sri Lanka Junior Athletics team has not able to travel to World Athletics Junior Championship in Cali, Colombia as scheduled as officials had failed provide them with Air Tickets on time.
7 athletes who were selected 1.5 months ago, were set to compete in the tournament.
The Sports ministry had provided them financial provisions and necessary permission, the Athletics Association had been tasked with the ticketing process.
They were to leave last night (29). However, due to the blunder of the Athletics Association, these budding athletes have lost their chance of competing in the Championship.
The team and their parents had stayed at Torrington overnight, protesting and demanding justice.
The Minister of Sports had issued a statement, expressing his regret over the incident. However, dialogue on social media point out that this does not bring back the opportunity these athletes had lost.