Jaswar gets the nod for FSL constitutional reforms
- Receives two-thirds majority in favor
- FSL election to be held on 23 October
By Ranjika Perera
A new constitution for Football Sri Lanka (FSL) was passed with more than two-thirds of the vote at a special annual general meeting held by FSL yesterday (22).
Issuing a press release, FSL President Jaswar Umar said that the new reforms have been accepted by the majority of the FSL committee and will be implemented immediately, after which the upcoming election will be held under the new constitution.
The new clause of allocating three votes for a league instead of a single vote was passed with 48 votes in favour, while none voted against it. Thirteen members abstained from voting. All other new clauses were passed with 61 votes in favour without any opposition.
The FSL extraordinary annual general meeting was held at the Pegasus Reef hotel in Wattala, with the participation of two FIFA officials and an official from the Asian Football Federation as observers.
With the passing of the new constitution, an election is scheduled to be held on 23 October under special permission of the Sports Minister, said Umar. He also said that a committee comprising two retired High Court judges and an A-Grade SLAS officer have been appointed to oversee the election.
It has been a 35-year long wait to see these changes take place in Sri Lanka Football. Many administrators have promised drastic changes but ended up doing nothing. The world football governing body FIFA was adamant that Sri Lanka not postpone the constitutional amendments any further. With the support of FIFA and the Asian Football Council, Jaswar Umar and co. managed to finally achieve what many others failed to do.
From left: AFC MA Division Head of South Asia Unit Development Department, MA Governance Department, and RA Governance Department P. Kattel, FSL Treasurer A. F. Sellar, FSL General Secretary Upali Hewage, FSL President Jaswar Umar, FIFA Senior MA Governance Services Manager Sarah Solemale, and FIFA Regional Office Development Manager – South Asia Prince Rufus