The Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), Maxwell de Silva says that misinformation is being spread on social media about the Olympic movement in Sri Lanka and related activities.
The National Olympic Committee (NOC) said in a statement that it condemns the misinformation spreading through social media about the expenses of the Sri Lankan team participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
“We clearly stated in our communiqué that the contingent would be eight athletes and fifteen officials in number and it was the guideline set forth by the IOC.
However, a person who is a resident of Thailand named Sesiri Pathirana seems to have been privy to this misinformation have come out with this highly malicious statement alleging that the Olympic tour squad comprises 2 athletes accompanied by 58 officials for Rs. 22 million. That information is false,” the Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka said.
Mr. Maxwell de Silva explained that the total budget of Rs.22 million is correct. “NOC contributes Rs.9.2 Million or 41.4% of the Budget and Ministry’s contribution is 58.7% of which app. 43% consist of the cost related to Covid expenses, Airfare and accommodation cost for 6 Journalists, VIP Accommodation, amounting to Rs.5.7 million and also there is the provision of transportation of the Horse amounting Rs. 1 Million and another Rs.400,000 for Shooting ammunition transport, etc. This is the total commitment for the Tokyo 2020.”
As Sri Lankan athlete Mathilda Karlsson will be representing the equestrian event at the Tokyo Olympics, it will cost one million rupees to transport her horse and another 400,000 rupees to transport ammunition for the shooting event.
The Olympic Committee regrets those who tarnish the image of the National Olympic Committee and the country by false news and urged the public not to be deceived by such false propaganda.