The Youth and Sports Ministry claimed yesterday (28) that it is not aware as to who is bearing the expenses of the Ministerial delegation that traveled to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but said that no money had been paid for Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa’s visit through the Youth and Sports Ministry.
“I do not know who paid for the other State Ministers,” Youth and Sports Ministry Secretary Anuradha Wijekoon said when contacted.
State Ministers D.V. Chanaka, Thenuka Vidanagamage and Roshan Ranasinghe left for Japan last week along with Rajapaksa to witness the ongoing Olympic Games.
Chanaka is the Aviation and Export Zones Development State Minister, Vidanagamage is the Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Improvement State Minister and Ranasinghe is the Provincial Councils and Local Government State Minister.
Meanwhile, Convener of the United Citizens’ Front Chameera Perera said that 60 officials had accompanied 9 athletes from Sri Lanka for the Japan Olympics.
A discussion has begun as to the basis on which the relevant State Ministers had left for that visit and as to who had borne the expenses related to them.
Meanwhile, Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, on 27 July, said that a probe would be commenced into the matter. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing in Colombo, he added that the probe would look into the purpose of their visit to Japan, whilst noting that Rajapaksa was attending it in his official capacity as the subject Minister.