Will or will not Sri Lanka be able to stage the 10th South Asian Games (SAG) in Colombo in August, was the question many raised following the recent hostilities between government troops and LTTW cadres. Although, the organisers of the SAG were optimistic that the country will stage the region`s biennial sporting event successfully, the question whether the LTTE will allow it has been always there.
Answering that important question an LTTE spokesman said that his organisation will not disrupt the SAG which will be worked off from August 18-28.
K. Papa, the director of sports of LTTE, said that no sports event either be it national or international will be disrupted by his organisation.
The LTTE sports chief, speaking to `The Island` assured that they will not indulge in any activity that would disturb the peaceful holding of the event.
When asked whether they will change their position if the country is to resume war towards August, Papa said: `the rumour that the LTTE is going to sabotage the SA Games it totally wrong. There is no need to be worried about it.`
Former Asian Games gold medal winning high jumper Nagalingam Ethirweerasingham, who has been using sports as a means to build a bridge between North and East and South, assured that one could rely on Papa`s words.