Jayasinghe collected her monthly salary– Dayasiri

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-06-15 08:22:51

By Rathindra Kuruwita

Former Sri Lankan athlete and Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe has collected her monthly salary on Tuesday (13) from the Ministry of Sports where she acts as an advisor, which she said was withheld from April this year, Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said yesterday.

"She came and collected two months' salary," he said. The Minister also stated he had not met Jayasinghe and is not aware whether she had handed over reports on her monthly activities as an advisor to the Ministry of Sports, which she needs to do as per her agreement with the ministry.

"I asked our secretary, who has handled this matter from the beginning, to iron out the details. I don't think I need to get involved and drag this matter publicly. There is no reason for me to get angry and reprimand her and she has no need to keep on attacking me. It's silly," he said.

Last month Jayasinghe alleged that the Ministry of Sports had discontinued her monthly allowance and threatened to sell her Olympic medal to meet her financial needs. Commenting on the matter Jayasekera stated new laws will be formulated and implemented soon which will ensure any medals won by Sri Lankan sportsmen/athletes will be entrusted to the State.

Jayasekera added the State had spent a significant amount of funds on Jayasinghe's training here and abroad. Moreover, the State bestowed generous rewards after she won the medal.

"Even now the Sports Ministry and the Army pay her Rs 120,000 a month," the Sports Minister said. Jayasekera added that he presented a Cabinet proposal to recruit her to the Ministry as an advisor and that she was to play an important role in the development of the future generation of athletes.

"We have commenced an initiative to identify and train promising young athletes in over 300 schools.

We wanted her to go and talk to the coaches at these schools and share her experiences. According to the instructions of the Cabinet she was to present a brief report on her monthly activities to the Ministry. She hasn't done any of this and that's why the Ministry sent her a letter. This was done to sort out the issue," he said.

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