Ministry of Sports, Sri Lanka has recently taken a number of positive steps to make sports free from match-fixing and the use of banned stimulants.
Among other things, the establishment of the Special Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Sports Misconduct is of paramount importance.
The Special Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Sports Misconduct was established on 11th February 2020 at an office near the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Indoor Stadium under the supervision of its Director SSP Jagath Fonseka.
If there is any wrongdoing in the field of sports, it is necessary to lodge a complaint with this Investigation Unit. Those complaints can be made to the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports or the Director General of Sports.
On the instructions of Namal Rajapaksa, Minister of Youth, Sports and State Minister of Digital Technology Enterprise Development, steps have been taken to bring the activities of this Investigation Unit closer to the people.
The following steps are available for the purposes and provisions of this Act.
- Prevention of match-fixing, corruption, illegal directing and betting in sports.
- Strengthen national and international cooperation between sports law enforcement agencies and betting operators to exchange information on illicit manipulation and betting on sports match-fixing corruption and to promote good practices in sports.
- Conducting programs to promote awareness on issues related to illicit manipulation and betting in sports betrayal corruption and to develop coordination among allied parties.
- Protecting and maintaining the integrity of national sports
- Introduce and promote, in collaboration with law enforcement agencies, preventive measures against match-fixing, corruption, illicit manipulation and illicit betting.
- Protect the reputation and career of professional athletes
- Appoint an independent and impartial special investigation unit to investigate allegations of match-fixing, corruption, illegal directing and illegal betting.
In this case, the Hon. Attorney General should file a case in the High Court on the charges of betting on sports betrayal and aiding and abetting such offenses.
If convicted, he faces a fine of not more than 100 million rupees or imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both imprisonment and imprisonment.
Cases filed on other charges are pending in a Magistrate’s Court and if convicted, the offender shall be liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand rupees or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both fine and imprisonment.
If a party makes a false complaint, they can be fined not more than Rs. 100,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding three years or both.
Mistakes under this Act are considered non-bailable offenses.
Media Unit – Ministry of Youth and Sports