The Swimming governing body Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) will be in limbo for at least another month or two for want of a President.
Just two weeks after being elected as the SLASU President for an unprecedented fourth term, Rear Admiral Wasantha Karanagoda leaving the Swimming Union rudderless!
In accordance with the Rules, the Swimming Union summoned a Special General Meeting to be held on Thursday March 10, and had requested the membership to submit nominations for the office of President and representation at the SGM.
SLASU Media spokesman C. Vijitha Fernando said that only present vice president SSP Kithsiri Dayananda had applied for the vacant post as applications closed last Thursday. His name had been proposed by the Police Sports Club and seconded by Panadura Aquatic Club.
No nominations were received for the office of Vice President made vacant by the resignation of Rifdy Fahmy and the one created by Vice President SSP Kithsiri Dayananda who would have moved to be Union`s President uncontested on March 10th!
However the SLASU will not be able to hold the proposed SGM as there is no quorum for the meeting.
Only five members have sent in their nominations for representation. They are Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Army, Royal College Aquatic Union, Ananda Aquatic Club and Police Sports Club!
According to the SLASU constitution, they need six members to be represented [one-third of the ordinary members of the Swimming Union] to form a quorum if they are to hold a SGM.
Thus the situation forces the Swimming Union to re-schedule a SGM and also call for fresh nominations for the office of President and also for representation at the SGM, Fernando told `Daily Mirror`. He added that the new dates would be as late as sometime in the latter part of April 2006.
Meanwhile Fernando revealed that SLASU is `bankrupt` and `running its affairs on borrowed funds of more than Rupees Five Hundred Thousand`. He pointed out that there was no better way for the Sports Ministry to ensure that the Swimming Union would kiss the dust and be made squalor.
He suggested that in the given circumstances, the Sports Ministry should dissolve the Swimming Union and place it in an Interim Committee under the Director General Sports.