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Sangakkara says leasing of Nuwara Eliya Golf Course never arisen even as a thought

Former national cricket skipper Kumar Sangakkara has dismissed claims that he had requested authorities to lease out the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club for 20 years.

“The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club for which I have extremely high regard belongs to its members and the leasing of which has never arisen even as a thought in my mind let alone in conversation,” Sangakkara told media.

On Tuesday, former parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake claimed that the former captain had discussed a proposal to lease out the golf club to attract one million golfers.

However, Sangakkara clarified that he had only submitted a proposal for a sports tourism-related project, in response to a newspaper advertisement, that too on a plot of land close to the Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.

“The project proposal will be available at the relevant government authority for anyone to understand what it includes,” he added.

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