About Us

As per the definition of the United Nations Organization, ‘youth’ is defined as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years. (https://www.un.org/en/global-issues/youth). Furthermore, according to the definition of Common Wealth, ‘youth’ is defined as those persons between the age of 15 and 29. (https://thecommonwealth.org/our-work/youth)

Youth community represents a significant percentage of the population in Sri Lanka. In the year 2023, the youth population between the ages of 15 – 29 in Sri Lanka will be approximately 5.125 million, constituting 23.6% of the total population. (Department of census) This 5.125 million represents various segments of the youth population in Sri Lanka, including school children, undergraduates, students of technical and vocational training institutes, employed and unemployed youth, youth with disabilities, inmates, and indigenous youth. Therefore, it is crucial to harness the collective strength of the youth community to equip them with the skills needed to actively participate in national development, fostering a society characterized by equity and equality.

Approximately 330,000 students are being annually admitted to Grade 1 at the general intake in Sri Lanka and 310,000 students of those students sit for the G.C.E. (O/L) examination. Out of the 263,933 students who sat for the G.C.E. (A/L) examination in the year 2022, only 166,938 students were eligible for university entrance. (https://www.doenets.lk/statistics) Currently, it has become a trend for a significant number of youth to pursue overseas education. 28% of total youth population is unemployed and approximately 700,000 youth are categorized as NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), indicating a lack of proper education, employment, or training opportunities. The biggest challenge we face today is developing youth who perceive an uncertain future due to lack of proper education or professional training into skilled and disciplined human resources.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Employment was established for the first time in 1978. Under subsequent governments, the subject of youth affairs was integrated into various ministries to empower and develop the youth as follows;

1989 - Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
1994 - Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Rural Development
1998 - Ministry of Samurdhi, Youth Affairs and Sports
2000 - Ministry of Youth Affairs
2001 - Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
2004 - Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
2010 - Ministry of Youth Affairs
2010 - Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development
2015 - Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs
2017 - Ministry of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development
2019 - Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs.
2020 - State Ministry of Youth Affairs
2021 - Ministry of Youth and Sports
2022 - Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs

Since 1989, various governments have made lots of policy initiatives aimed at the development of youth in the country. Youth Affairs Division will mainly carry out functions such as for the guidance of taking necessary policy actions focusing on the empowerment of the youth community relevant to the national development, implementation of the programmes as well as projects and follow up. Under that, providing guidance to manipulate Youth Corps (YC), National Youth Services Council (NYSC) and Small Enterprises Development Division (SEDD) as well as required coordinating affairs is also being carried out by this division. Youth development programmes and numerous activities are being implemented by these institutions through their island wide training center network under the policy guidance of the Ministry.

MINISTRY OF YOUTH &
SPORTS
Thrust areas

Sports
  • Excellence in sports administration
  • Strengthening Sri Lanka Sports Industry
  • Excellent sporting culture
  • Excellence in competitive sports

Youth
  • Healthy and secure youth
  • Well-skilled, disciplined and participatory youth
  • Vocational skills development and youth employment opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship development and encouraging innovation

Main Functions

• Planning, implementation, follow up and assessment of the policies, programs and projects relevant to the subjects of the departments, statutory institutions and body corporates belonging to the sports and youth affairs based on the national policies implemented by the Government.
• Providing public services that come under the purview of the Ministry in an efficient and people friendly manner.
• Reforming all the procedures and manners by the implementation of modern management methods and technology in a manner that assures the performance of the functions of the Ministry by avoiding waste and corruption.
• Taking necessary steps to encourage the sports affairs of Sri Lanka.
• Promote and provide the necessary enforcements required to fulfill the expected objectives in the sports field.
• Promote sports education, training and research.
• Planning new strategies and implement programs to use sports for building the image of Sri Lanka internationally.
• Expand the opportunities for the sportsmen and women for participating in international events.
• Promote and coordinate the facilities required to provide physical wellness of the public.
• Promote sports medical facilities and take action to prevent doping in sports.
• Develop and manage sports complexes.
• Develop sports societies and promote sports tournaments.
• Planning and implementing attitude development programs that target a national program that fulfills the ambitions of the youth.
• Implement international coordination programs centered on the youth generation.
• Implement skill development programs centered on the unemployed youths.
• Regulation and development of youth societies.
• Planning for special programs targeting the youth community that enables the recognition of youth skills, talents and creative capacity and that enables the development of their ambitions.
• Initiate for a youth human resources bank that matches with the national and international job opportunities.
• Take steps to create youth entrepreneurs and the introduction and implementation of procedures to provide for new opportunities and incentives for them.
• All the other matters relevant to the subjects assigned with the institutions that are affiliated to the Ministry.
• Supervision of all the institutions affiliate to the Ministry.

Vision

To be the leader in sports in Asia

Mission

To build a consolidated and prosperous land by grooming every citizen to be an energetic, healthy disciplined and dignified person through formulation of National policies and implementing same.

PROGRESS REVIEW
Regulations

Sports Development which was initiated as a small unit during the mid sixties (60) was established as a sports division under the Ministry of People lised Services in 1966. The Department of Sports was instigated 1968 and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Sports was established in 1970. The Department of Sports Development was taken under the preview of the said Ministry. The Department functioned under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 1989 and promoted up to Grade A Department. The Department of Sports Development functioned under the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in 2002 and in 2003 under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and from 2004 – 2007 under.

Regulations
Members & Team
Sports Development which was initiated as a small unit during the mid sixties (60) was established as a sports division under the Ministry of People lised Services in 1966. The Department of Sports was instigated 1968.

Organization Chart Ministry of Sports
Level 02

Mrs. W.M.S.N. Chandani

Additional Secretary (Admin & Procurement)

adsec_ap@moys.gov.lk

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Level 03

Mrs. M.A.R.P. Abhayagunawardana

Senior Assistant Secretary (Admin)

sas@moys.gov.lk

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Level 04

Vacant

Assistant Secretary(Admin)

as@moys.gov.lk

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Level 04

Vacant

Legal Officer

legal_off@moys.gov.lk

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Level 04

Mr. L.L.D.S. Eranda

Assistant Secretary (procurement)

as_procurement@moys.gov.lk

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Level 05

Mr. H. Kithulgoda (Actng.)

Administrative Officer

ao@moys.gov.lk

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Level 05

Mr. D.M. Ranjith (Actng.)

ICT Officer

itco@mos.gov.lk

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Mr. Dinesha Vidanagamacchi

Additional Secretary (Youth)

adsec_youth@moys.gov.lk

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Mr.J.A.D.Roshan

Director (Youth)

dir_youth@moys.gov.lk

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Mr. L.L.D.S. Eranda

Act. Assistant Director (Youth )

ad_youth@moys.gov.lk

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D. A. L. Ileperuma

Additional Secretary (Development)

adsec_dev@moys.gov.lk

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H.C.N. Dharmapala

Director (Development)

dir_dev@moys.gov.lk

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Mr. L.K. Silva

Chief Engineer

mos@gmail.com

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Vacant

Deputy Director (Development)

dd_dev@moys.gov.lk

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Vacant

Assistant Director(Development)

ad_dev@moys.gov.lk

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Mr. T.G.P.Udayanga

Engineer

eng2_dev@moys.gov.lk

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Vacant

Engineer

eng01@moys.gov.lk

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Mrs. N.K.R.Perera

Chief Finance Officer

cfo@moys.gov.lk

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Mr. W.P.M.J. Perera

Chief Accountant

ca@moys.gov.lk

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Ms. B.A.D. Pramodihika

Accountant (payment)

acc@moys.gov.lk

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Mr. Gamini Wikramapala

Director General (Planning)

dg_plan@moys.gov.lk

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Mr. S.K. Batepola

Director (Planning) Actg.

dir_plan@moys.gov.lk

0714398991

Mrs.A.B.M.S.Chandramali

Director (Planning)

dir_plan2@moys.gov.lk

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Vacant

Deputy Director(planning)

dd_plan2@moys.gov.lk

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Vacant

Deputy Director (Planning)

dd_plan@moys.gov.lk

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Mrs. D.H. Kalansooriya

Chief Internal Auditor (Actng.)

cia@moys.gov.lk

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National Sports Policy

With broad objectives in view, and to develop the sports field in Sri Lanka on a systematic and a scientific footing, it is proposed to announce a national policy on sports. It is hoped that all concerned parties will abide by this policy.

Gazette
February 28th 2020
Sports Policy
February 28th 2020
Workflow

The team structure and workflow of team approval provides a clear pathway for all matters at the Ministry.

Team Approval
February 26th 2020
procument
February 27th 2020
Regulations

A Law to provide for the establishment of the National Sports Council, District Sports Committees, the National Associations of Sports Coaches and Technical Officers and the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka; for the establishment of a sports fund, for the regulation and supervision of national association of Sports; for the establishment of the national institute of sports science; and to provide all matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Legel Control
February 28th 2020
Regulation Framed
February 28th 2020
Sport ACT
February 28th 2020

An act to provide for the right of access to information; to specify grounds on which access may be denied; to establish the right to information commission; to appoint information officers; to set out the procedure and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The Trophies

Known as symbols of success, our sportsmen have been bringing home trophies, which have brought honour and pride to our country. Each trophy won by our sportsmen have a meaning which is a celebration of the great achievements our sportsmen have accomplished over the years and they will continue to do so..

SOUTH ASIAN GAMES
WOMENS TEAM
  • Athletics
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 27 s
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 12
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 8
  • Badminton
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 2
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 26
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 2
  • judo
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 10
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 25
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 16
  • Swimming
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 10
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 25
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 16
  • Taekwondo
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 4
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 7
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 16
    • Korean Ambassador's Cup Taekwondo World Championship 2019 Gold Medals - 2
    • Korean Ambassador's Cup Taekwondo World Championship 2019 Silver Medal - 1
  • Archery
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 15
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 1
  • Cycling
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 2
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 4
  • Basketball
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 16
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 4
  • Fencing
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 26
  • Squash
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 8
  • Tennis
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 6
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 1
  • Football
    • SARC Gold Cup 1995 (South Asian Championship - Champions
    • South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Gold Cup-1993 - Runner-up
    • 6 Nation Invitational Tournament organized by Maldives FA in 2000 - champions
    • Won the Bronze medal in South Asian Games (U23) – 2004
    • Won the Silver Medal – South Asian Games (U23) – 2006
    • Qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification round 2 after 13 years
  • Cricket
  • Beach Volleyball
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 4
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 4
  • Boxing
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 1
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 2
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 8
  • Golf
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 5
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 4
  • Tripple Jump
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 1
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 6
  • Weight Lifting
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 2
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 8
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 1
  • Wrestling
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 2
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 10
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 2
  • Wushu
    • South Asian Games 2019 Gold Medals - 2
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 5
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 6
  • Handball
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 16
  • Cricket
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 30
  • Volleyball
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 28
  • Table Tennis
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 5
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 13
  • Shooting
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 6
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 14
  • Kabadi
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 12
  • Karate
    • South Asian Games 2019 Silver Medals - 12
    • South Asian Games 2019 Bronze Medals - 21
  • Athletics

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