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The rate of Sri Lankan school children engaged in sports is as low as 25% and when it comes to higher education the above percentage reaches low level of more than 8%. As a result of this 68% of deaths alone occur among persons below 65 years of age due to non-communicable diseases. The major factors that have contributed to this situation are wrong food habits, doping substances, smoking and inactivity. In this regard the Ministry of Sports hopes to implement a Sports and Physical Health Promotion Week from 25th to 30th January 2016 in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and indigenous medicine, Ministry of Education, Ministry of  Higher Education and Highways, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Social Empowerment and Welfare, Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Media, Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade including all Ministries of Sports, Education, Health of Local government institutions in order to integrate the sport and physical Health among within the entire community. To achieve this task, a National Steering Committee too has been established consisting of Hon. Ministers and the Secretaries of relevant Ministries who will be directly taking part in this drive.

Objectives of the Programme

1.    Engaging in physical exercises for health, popularizing sport in all sections of the society and enticing them towards sport and creating a sports culture within the country by integrating sports into the society.

2.    Practical introduction of the subject of sport for a healthy life. Initiating continual programmes allows the country to achieve such objective.

3.    Making use of the sport for National Development and identifying talented athletes, sportsperson professionals and individuals whose aptitudes can be improved and encourage them.

4.    To add meaning to the themes  “Sports for all”, “Sport for Peace” and “Sport for Health, happiness and success”

Implementing the programme

The Secretary to the President has already issued circulars and series of instructions to implement this programme throughout the island, with the concurrence of His Excellency the President. Accordingly, it is expected to create an energetic, enthusiastic and healthy nation within the adolescent, young, adult and senior social levels of the society by implementing this programme. Hereby, appropriate programmes are formulated by a local committee guided by National, Divisional and political leadership and Sports and Physical Health promotion programmes are operated among schools, Temples, work-sites, sports-clubs or various associations. During the course of these initiatives, the project can be integrated into the society by physical exercise programs, drill-shows, exhibition Games, awareness programmes, Walks and initating infrastructure project and Shramadana Campaigns.

Line-up of the proposed programme

1.Monday, January 25, 2016 – Government and Public Services – Sports and Physical  Fitness Promotion Day Formulation and implementation of sports and exercises programmes for the staff of all Government Ministries, Departments, Institutions, Corporations and Statutory Bodies.

2.Tuesday, January 26 – Education, Higher Education and Highways, Youth  and Women’s Affairs – Sports and Physical Fitness  Promotion Day Planning and implementation of practical programmes on sports and exercises for all sections of respective institution.

3.Wednesday, January 27 – Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine – Sports and physical Fitness Promotion Day Formulate, assign and implement practical programmes to be launched through all institutions, sectors/units at national and provincial levels.

4.Thursday, January 28 – Security Forces and Private enterprises – Sports and Physical Fitness Promotion Day Ministries of Defense, Law and Order and Southern Development, the Tri Forces and the police to implement enlisting the participation of the public and community organizations such programmes as are organized by all the relevant Headquarters and other Units. Initiate steps to obtain the participation of free Trade Zones and other private enterprises to implements sports and physical fitness programmes and to enable them to continue such programmes.

5.Friday, January 29 – Sports and Physical Fitness Promotion Day for Sports Organizations, Sports Associations and Sports Federations. All national and provincial level Ministries and Departments of Sports and Sports Associations and Federations to implement programmes organized to achieve the objectives of the Week’s Programme.

6.Saturday, January 30 – Sports and Physical Fitness promotion Special Day Action should be taken to conduct at rural, divisional and district level island wide, various programmes, activities and sports meets related to sports and physical fitness. In this context, activities at Divisional Secretariat level should be implemented by a Monitoring Committee headed by the Divisional Secretary. Steps should also be taken to formulate and implement these programmes at national, provincial and divisional level, under the leadership and with the participation of the political representatives.