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The Parliamentary Group of the People's Alliance who met yesterday decided to boycott the Asian Athletic Championship 2002 which will be inaugurated at Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, today.

In a Media Communique issued in this connection, PA Media Spokesman Sarath Amunugama states that this decision was taken primarily because the present Sports Minister has failed to invite President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who herself is an ardent sports enthusiast and who is the twice elected Head of State to attend the inaugural ceremony.

In addition, the PA decision retaliates the current trend of politicisation of the field of sports that resulted in the failure to attain international standards in sports expeditiously in the recent past, states the communique.

The communique, while pointing out that the decision to hold the 2002 Asian Athletic Championship in Sri Lanka was taken during the regime of the PA Government, wishes the participants of the 40 countries, its organisers and everybody concerned strength and courage to conduct the affairs successfully.

The PA Parliamentary Group wishes the Sri Lankan athletes who take part in the Asian Athletic Championship 2002 all round success in a manner to show their colours at the optimum level, adds the communique.

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