While responding to the allegations made by Olympic Medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara denied it as saying that his ministry has not stopped playing the salary to the athlete. The Olympic silver medalist has recently complained that the sports ministry has stopped paying her salary she used to get for her job as a consultant to the ministry.
While expressing her plight, the athlete said that poverty has forced her to sell off her Olympic silver medal, as she found it almost impossible to live without money since the time the government has stop paying her salary. She added that she has two children and she needs money to feed them.
The sports ministers responded and informed that Jayasinghe would receive a monthly salary of Rs 60,000 until 2020 from the government. The minister also added that the cabinet of ministers has decided to provide a vehicle to her since she has been serving as an advisor to the sports ministry of the country.
However, speaking on if he has criticized the athlete of being ungrateful, the minister said that it is not true and he has not said anything like that. The Olympic medalist has been appointed as an advisor Sri Lankan sports ministry for training prospective athletes for international competitions.
Susanthika Jayasinghe, who is also known as Asian Black Mare is a 100 and 200-meter specialist and won a silver medal in 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was the second from her country to win the prestigious Olympic medal and first in the continent to win both Olympic and world championship medal in the sprint. She also secured two gold medals at the Asian Athletes Championship in 2007.
A sports person who has made the nation proud is living in such a poor condition is a matter of shame.