The Lankan journalists who are in London for the coverage of the 30th Olympic Games are in a spot of bother. They are almost cut off from the rest of the contingent who are at the games. Right now almost all the Lankan events are over. Only the marathon remains and that would come on the penultimate day of the games. Still the reporters are to get a single chance of meeting the Lankan athletes, barring the general meetings that all the reporters have after their respective events.
Most of the discussions with the officials are done over the phone and even the NOC official who are there to assist the journalists has visited the media centre only on three occasions.
At the same time though there is a rumpus about the number of persons who have are/were in London for the games, at some events only the sole team leader Rear Admiral Shemal Fernando was present. But at the opening ceremony there were about four other officials marching along with the Lankan contingent.
Meanwhile Chief-de-mission Deva Henry commenting about the purchasing of tickets by the NOC said every country has their quota of tickets and Sri Lanka
was allocated less than two hundred tickets (He could not remember the final count off-hand). We purchased them in Colombo and we sold them in Colombo. Only one ticket remained where a person who booked the ticket but failed to obtain the visa and did not pay for the ticket .
However Deva Henry denied the knowledge of the existence of a list of seventy three names which we are in possession of.