What kind of donkey is the Sports Minister? Obviously, he is not a person with an iota of grey matter in his brain. The announcement a few minutes ago, that he will ban (by law) the sale of any medal/certificate earned by ANY sportsman or woman representing their Country, is simply foolish. Whose to know anyway?
Firstly it is illegal to prevent a person from selling his personal possession to whomever he chooses. It is NOT a national medal, it is earned by representing the Country, but it is that individual’s right to keep, to hand down, to lose or to sell, and NO ONE can prevent that. The country will never lose the fact that a person representing the Country won such and such medal in such and such games. The item is merely a token given to the individual, NOT TO THE STATE and the state has NO rights over it in any case.
There is always, the possibility of the particular National Federation representing that sport to match the price bid at auction, if they are able to collect the funds privately to keep it within the Federation and display as theirs, with the name of the person who won, but that is as far as any acquisition by fair means is permissible, so that the seller/ sportsman is NOT shortchanged.
It is said that we pay such sportsman a stipend to keep them from living in penury and so are entitled to their medals! That is SIMPLY NOT SO, as they are not related. A stipend is an amount that is determined by state sanction, like a pension, and the amount too is determined and it is at the behest of the settlor to do so and also to remove this right. It is not similar to a State Pension where the right exists till death, and enshrined in an act of parliament, so enforceable.
It is obvious that people who take decisions on our behalf are not competent to make such decisions. Their lack of knowledge in this area astounds me, as they have NOT thought it through. It is unenforceable as the owner cannot be forced to give it to anyone, other than whosoever he or she pleases and for whatever sum that they wish to accept, by auction or direct sale or gift to another.
Don’t forget the Victoria Cross the ultimate medal for bravery in the UK is freely disposable, and there is a market for collectors, and so should any medal in Sri Lanka, be it a Medal won by a member of our Security Forces or a Sportsman or any other medal that they receive from representing the Country.
There may be rules and precedence on gifts and commendations leaders of Country receive, and how they are passed on, if private or national property. I don’t know specifically in regards to them, but that is a different scenario.