Commander of the Navy appointed as member of National Sports Council
Awarding letters of appointment to the Chairperson and members for the National Sports Council was held on 10th August 2022 at the National Sports Council, Torrington Avenue, under the patronage of the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Hon. Roshan Ranasinghe. On this occasion, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne was also appointed as a member of the National Sports Council. The National Sports Council has been established with the notion to advise the Minister on matters connected with the promotion, development and control of sports in Sri Lanka.
Former Sri Lanka Cricket captain, Mr Arjuna Ranatunga was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Sports Council which comprises Tri-Service Commanders and other members, who were presented letters of appointment in this regard on 10th August.
Serving as the Chairman of Navy Athletics from 2009 to 2013, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne played a major role for the development of Navy athletics. In addition he also held office as the Chairman of Defence Services Sports Board from 2019 to 2021.
He has also been giving inspirational leadership to the prospective Navy athletes, as the incumbent President of Navy Sports Board since 2020 and played a major role for the development of infrastructure, expansion of athletes’ welfare, quality training opportunities and other facilities. As a result, the Navy was able to produce a markswoman at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and represent the Commonwealth Games 2022 with 18 athletes and 01 officer, bringing much credit to the Navy and motherland.
As a member of the National Sports Council, he will be able to further serve for the promotion of sports in future.