Name & Status:
(a) The Association shall be called “The Sri Lanka
Tennis Association” and shall be the controlling
body for Tennis for the entire island and shall be
composed of registered clubs and other organizations
engaged in Tennis as may be determined by the
Minister for the time being in charge of sports.
(b) The Association when representing Sri Lanka at a
meeting of any International Sports Federation or
Organization shall consult and act on the direction
of the Minister on any matter of national importance
to be discussed or decided at such meeting.
2. Objects of the Association
(a) To uphold and enforce the laws and regulations
of the game as at present adopted by the
International Tennis Federation.
(b) To decide on all matters arising out of the
interpretation of the laws and regulations, and all
matters connected with the game.
(c) To arrange and regulate Championship Tournaments
(d) To promote and develop Tennis generally
throughout Sri Lanka.
(e) To assist and encourage generally the
development of other sports and recreation in Sri
Membership in the Association shall be available
only to Clubs, Organisations and Bodies of Persons
engaged in the promotion of Tennis or which provide
Tennis facilities and District Tennis Associations,
Clubs, Organisations and Bodies of Persons to be
entitled for membership should not be eligible for
affiliation to a Member Organisation. The Armed
Services and Police Department may however seek
(a) An Organisation to be eligible for membership
should consist of not less than five affiliates.
(b) A Club or Body of Persons to be entitled for
membership should have at least one Tennis Court for
its use and not less than six tennis playing
4. Associate ship
(a) Associateship in the Association shall be
available to any individual, Club or Organization
interested in Tennis.
(b) Life Associateship shall be available to any
Associate on payment of a lump sum of Rs.500/-.
(c) Hony. Life Associateship shall be available to
any individual Associate who on a motion approved by
the General Committee, may be so elected at the
Annual General Meeting by a vote of not less than
2/3 of the members present who are entitled to vote.
(d) Temporary Associateship shall be available to
distinguished visitors without the payment of a fee.
5. Entrance Fees & Subscriptions
(a) The entrance fees shall be as follows :-
Clubs, Organisations or Body of persons - Rs.100/-
District Tennis Association with its own facilities
Associates - Rs. 25/-
(b) All Member Clubs, Organisations & Associates
shall pay an annual subscription of an amount to be
decided at the Annual General Meeting. All
subscriptions are due on or before the 31st day of
March of that year. The current subscription is as
(1) Clubs, Organisations or Body of Persons –
Rs.50/- and in addition a sum of Rs.50/- for each
representative it is entitled to at General
(2) Organisations or District Tennis Associations
with its own affiliates a sum of Rs.25/- for each
representative it is entitled to at General
(3) Individual Associates Rs.50/- for first member
of family and Rs.25/- for each additional member of
family which shall be limited to husband, wife and
unmarried children, brother or sister not exceeding
18 years of age.
6. Duties & Privileges of Members
(a) It shall be the duty of every Member to comply
with any directions given by the Association.
(b) All Members shall have the right to attend and
vote at any General Meeting of the Association
through its duly authorised representative or
(c) Any member is eligible to have his
representative or representatives elected an office
bearer of the Association provided the
representative is qualified as at 12(d).
(d) Any Member is eligible to have his
representative or representatives elected to any
Committee of the Association.
(e) A person may not be the authorised
representative for more than one Member.
(f) A Member shall not be entitled to have any
representative attend or vote at a General Meeting
or be an office bearer or Committee Member until
twelve (12) months have lapsed from date of election
as a Member. In the case of a Member Club which has
been re-admitted after having been a Member for a
continuous period of three years previously, the
Member shall be entitled to have representatives to
attend or vote at General Meetings and hold office
or be a Committee Member after three (3) months have
lapsed from the date of re-election as a member.
Organisations and District Tennis Associations which
have been re-admitted will be entitled to
representatives from the date of re-election and for
them to attend or vote at General Meetings and hold
office on the basis of the number of affiliates who
have previously been Members of the Organisation for
not less than twelve (12) months.
(g) Every Member shall be entitled to a Book of
Rules free of charge on election to membership.
7. Privileges of Associates, Life Associates
And Honorary Life Associates.
(a) All Associates, Life Associates and Hony. Life
Associates shall receive an Associate ship Card each
(b) All Associates, Life Associates and Hony. Life
Associates shall be entitled to concessions on
charges to any Association activity unless
specifically decided otherwise by the General
(c) All Associates, Life Associates and Hony. Life
Associates shall be eligible to apply for Membership
in the Playing Section of the Association.
8. Representatives of Members
(a) The number of representatives of each Member
shall be on the basis outlined below:
i. Member Organisations and District Tennis
Associations shall be entitled to nominate one
representative for each affiliate up to a maximum of
eight (8) provided each such affiliate has a minimum
of ten (10) tennis playing members. Not more than
two (2) representatives may be nominated from any
one affiliate. In addition, the Organisation should
have conducted an SLTA approved tournament.
ii. Member Clubs to be entitled to nominate
representatives must have at least fifteen (15)
tennis playing members and one tennis court for its
regular use, and should have participated in the All
Island Inter-Club singles or doubles tournament or
conducted a SLTA approved club tournament. Such a
Member Club may nominate one representative for
every fifteen (15) tennis playing members up to a
maximum of five (5).
(b) No nomination of representative or
representatives will be accepted by the Association
i. The member has not paid the subscription for the
ii. The Member has failed to furnish certified
copies of documents as listed in Rule 15(k), on
being requested to do so by the Hony. Secretary of
iii. The Member Club has ceased for a period
exceeding three (3) months, to provide tennis
playing facilities to its members.
(c) A representative must be a member of the
Organisation or Club.
(d) A representative must be over 18 years of age.
(e) A person shall be disqualified from being a
representative of a member,
1. If he is or has been adjudged by a competent
court to be of unsound mind, or
2. If he has been adjudged by a competent court to
be an insolvent, or
3. If he is or has been convicted in a Court of Law
for any offence which in the opinion of the Minister
involves moral turpitude, or
4. If he is a professional sports reporter, or
5. If he is a non-national of Sri Lanka.
(f) Full names and addresses of representatives
should be communicated in writing to the Hony.
Secretary of the Association by the President or
Secretary of the Organisation or Club as soon as
nominated. Such nomination should be submitted at
least twenty eight (28) days before the Annual
General Meeting and shall be valid till the next
Annual General Meeting of the Association.
(g) A person who is not a duly nominated
representative accepted by the Association shall not
have the right to attend or vote at any General
(h) Any person may be nominated as a representative
of a member with the prior written approval of the
The colors of the Association shall be dark green
The crest of the Association shall be the likeness
of a Tennis Ball with the letters SLTA in monogram
form in the centre, the whole being surmounted by an
Present and past National Champions alone shall be
permitted to wear in addition one, two or three,
five cornered stars according as they are or have
been champions of one, two or three separate open
championship events respectively, at any time. The
stars shall be worn in a circle round the bottom of
11. Financial Year
The financial year of the Association shall be from
1st April to 31st March.
12. Officers of the Association
(a) The Association shall have a Patron and six (6)
(b) The office bearers of the Association shall
consist of a President, 6 Vice Presidents, Honorary
Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, 4 Honorary Assistant
Secretaries, Honorary Assistant Treasurer and
Honorary Ground Secretary.
(c) The office bearers of the Association shall be
chosen from among the duly nominated representatives
of members who shall have been nominated fro the
respective offices. All nominations for election as
office bearer shall be proposed by the President or
Secretary of a member eligible to vote and seconded
by the President or Secretary of any other Member
eligible to vote, and submitted in writing to the
Honorary Secretary to reach him fourteen (14) days
before the Annual General Meeting. Nominations may
be made at the Annual General Meeting only where no
nomination or insufficient nominations as aforesaid
have been made to the Honorary Secretary.
(d) A person to be qualified to be nominated as an
office bearer other than as Treasurer or Asst.
Treasurer should have either:
i. represented Sri Lanka in the Davis Cup as a
playing member, or
ii. represented Sri Lanka or the SLTA in a tie
against any other nation or foreign Association or a
visiting team approved by the Association, or
iii. been ranked in national ranking, or
iv. participated in any tournament abroad which has
been recognized by the respective controlling body
for tennis in that country, or
v. participated in the National or Colombo
championships or any other (A) or (B) group ranking
tournament and reached the quarter finals in any
open event, or
vi. participated in any open event or any club
tournament and reached the semi-final, or
vii. participated as a player for a club in the All
Island Inter Club Tournament, or
viii. represented an affiliated club, association or
organisation in an Inter Club match organised by an
affiliated club or association or organisation prior
to the inception of the All Island Inter Club
Tournament in 1968, or
ix. obtained prior written approval of the Minister
in charge of the subject of sport to be nominated.
(e) A representative elected as an office bearer or
to any committee shall hold that position until the
next A.G.M. unless he resigns or dies or is removed
from that position by the General Committee.
(f) The Vice patrons and office bearers shall be
elected at the A.G.M. and shall hold office until
the A.G.M. of the following year.
(g) The President or Honorary Secretary shall not
hold office for more than two consecutive years.
They shall however, be eligible for re-election on a
written approval of the Minister for a period not
exceeding one year at a time. Vacancies in the
offices of the President, Honorary Secretary, or
Honorary Treasurer, may be filled at a General
Meeting. Any other vacancies of office bearers or
General Committee Members may be filled by the
General Committee subject to ratification at a
(h) The Patron shall be invited to hold office by
the General Committee.
The affairs and finances of the Association shall be
managed by a General Committee assisted therein by
an Executive Committee.
14. The General Committee
(a) The General Committee shall be elected at the
Annual General Meeting and shall consist of :
The President, Six Vice Presidents, Honorary
Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, 4 Honorary Assistant
Secretaries, Honorary Assistant Treasurer, Honorary
Ground Secretary and Twenty Committee Members, of
whom the Boy's Schools and Girl's Schools Tennis
Association shall have one member each.
(b) The 18 nominations for election as Committee
Members shall each be proposed and seconded and
submitted as in 12 (c)
Nominations may be made at the Annual General
Meeting only where no nominations or insufficient
nominations as aforesaid have been made to the
(c) Every office bearer or committee member of the
Association who ceases to hold office shall within
14 days from the date on which he ceases to hold
such office, hand over any property of the
Association in his possession to any office bearer
or committee member of the Association. Every office
bearer or committee member of the Association
referred to in this regulation who fails or neglects
to comply with the provisions of this regulation
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on
conviction after trial before a Magistrate to a fine
not exceeding Rs.50/-
15. Powers and Duties of the General Committee
In addition to the control and management of the
affairs and finances of the Association, the General
Committee shall have the following powers :
(a) To fill any vacancy in the Offices or Committee
Members of the Association should they consider it
necessary, subject to rule 12 (g).
(b) To fill any vacancy occurring through the
resignation, removal from office or death of any of
the officers of the Association or the Auditor.
(c) To elect the following Standing Committees and
any other Committee as may be deemed necessary from
• Tournament & Matches Committee
• Finance & Membership Committee
• Disciplinary Committee
• Officials & Coaches Committee
• Premises & Materials Committee
• Marketing & Sponsorship Committee
• Appeals Committee
Note : The provision of a Standing Committee for
Selection and Ranking has been deleted – ref: 17 (a)
The Chairman of each committee shall be one of the
The Secretary of each committee shall be an office
Each committee shall consist of not more than six
The President and Honorary Secretary shall be
ex-officio members of all standing committees.
Whenever present, shall preside at meetings of
(d) To decide on any matter not provided for in the
(e) To appoint one or more persons to be Trustee or
Trustees for all or any of the following purposes :
1. To purchase, take on lease, receive, take or
otherwise acquire any property movable (hereinafter
referred to as the Trust Property) on such terms and
conditions and for such price or consideration as
the committee shall direct without power to sell,
mortgage or otherwise dispose of the Trust Property
or any part thereof without the sanction of the
members for the time being at a General Meeting.
2. To hold the Trust Property in trust for the
members for the time being of the Association on
terms, conditions and directions as may be from time
to time decided on my the members for the time being
at a General Meeting.
3. To sue and be sued and answer and be answered in
court or elsewhere in all causes and actions
(f) To appoint and authorize three members to enter
into and execute all deeds of trust or appointment
and other instruments whatsoever in law necessary
for the purpose of giving effect to such appointment
of a Trustee.
(g) To decide on any matters referred to the
Association which comes within the scope of the
objects of the Association as outlined in Rule 2.
(h) To maintain and send to the Minister all
information required by him relating to the
exercise, discharge and performance by the
Association of its powers, duties and functions as
stipulated under the Sports Law and in particular:
• A certified copy of the auditor's statement of
accounts and the Annual Report in respect of that
financial year within three months of the close of
every financial year.
• A copy of the Minutes of the Annual General
Meeting and of any general meeting within fourteen
days of the date of such meeting.
(i) To make By-laws, such By-laws to be confirmed at
the next General Meeting.
(j) To appoint any person as a delegate or
representative of Sri Lanka to any International
Body provided such person:
i. is a National of Sri Lanka who has represented
Sri Lanka or an affiliated club or organisation in
an inter club match.
ii. being an ex-National of Sri Lanka has
represented Sri Lanka or an affiliated club or
organisation in an Inter Club Tournament organised
by the Association.
iii. being a non-National has represented Sri Lanka.
Provided that were no person with the qualifications
required above is available for appointment or where
a person with such qualifications is not acceptable
to the Association, another person may be nominated.
Every appointment shall however be made with the
prior approval of the Minister .
(k) To ask for and receive from any member a copy of
its duly adopted Constitution , Certified copy of
the audited accounts for any year, Certified list of
Tennis Playing members and such other information
for purposes of and in the interests of the
Association. If a member on being requested by the
Hony. Secretary, fails to furnish such information,
the General Committee shall by resolution adopted at
any of its normal meetings, withdraw membership
status to the defaulting club or organisation. Any
member, whose membership status has been withdrawn,
is eligible to re-apply for membership under Rule 3.
16. Executive Committee
(a) The Executive Committee shall consist of the
office bearers of the Association and the President
& Secretary of the Playing Section.
(b) The General Secretary of the Association shall
be the Secretary of the Committee.
(c) The Committee shall meet not less than once a
(d) The powers and duties of the Committee shall be
to implement the policy of the Association as laid
down by the General Committee to attend to the
management of the affairs of the Association under
the general or special directions of the General
Committee provided however that the Committee shall
not perform the duties specifically assigned to the
General Committee under Rule 15 or to take decisions
on these matters.
(e) A report of the activities of the Executive
Committee shall be tabled by the General Secretary
at every meeting of the General Committee.
17. Powers of Standing Committees
(a) The Selection and Ranking Committee, appointed
by the Hon. Minister under the Sports Law, shall be
responsible for selection of teams and players and
shall have powers to take all steps necessary to
conduct trials, practices etc. It will also be
responsible for the Annual Ranking of Players and
shall device regulations for this purpose and
arrange for the conduct of the necessary
No member of the selection and Ranking Committee
shall be eligible for selection to any team. The
persons selected to captain any team may be co-opted
to the Committee to select the other members of the
team. The selection of a National or representative
team to play against foreign teams inclusive of the
appointment of the Captain, shall not be announced
until the approval of the Minister is obtained.
(b) The Tournaments and Matches Committee shall
arrange, organise and conduct tournaments and
matches sponsored by the Association and shall
arrange for the transport, accommodation and other
requirements of visiting players. The Tournaments
and Matches Committee shall assist in the conduct of
Ranking Tournaments other than those conducted by
The Committee shall maintain a register with all
particulars relating to persons taking part in
competitions conducted by the Association as may be
required by the Minister.
(c) The Finance & Membership Committee shall be
responsible for the finances of the Association and
for the election of new members, Associates and Life
Associates subject to the approval of the General
Committee and shall deal with all matters connected
The Committee shall maintain a register of members
in the form laid down by the Ministry of Sports and
register clubs and organisations which are members
as may be required by the Minister. The Honorary
Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall be members
of this Committee.
(d) The Disciplinary Committee shall deal with all
matters referred to it concerning the conduct of any
Member of the Association, Member's representatives,
Associate, Life Associate or player participating in
any match or tournament conducted or approved by the
Association which violates the Rules and By-laws of
the Association and is contrary to the interests of
(e) The Coaching and Promotion Committee shall take
necessary steps to promote and encourage the playing
of tennis throughout Sri Lanka and shall institute
programmes for the coaching of players. The
Committee shall also be responsible for long term
schemes for the promotion and development of tennis
throughout Sri Lanka.
(f) The Officials and Coaches Committee shall
register , appoint, train and grade suitable persons
as Referees, Umpires, Line Judges and Coaches as may
be required by the Minister. The Committee shall
also delegate and appoint Referees and Umpires for
particular Tournaments, Matches or events and also
appoint Coaches for particular assignments and
schemes or programmes of coaching. The Committee
shall maintain a register of Referees, Umpires, Line
Judges & Coaches recognised by the Association along
with their gradings. It shall be the responsibility
of this Committee to make recommendations with
regard to the recognition, grading appointment and
nominations of Referees, Umpires, Line Judges and
Coaches for National or International Tournaments,
Matches and Events or other purposes.
(g) The Premises and Materials Committee shall be
responsible for the use and maintenance of the
Association's premises, materials and equipment and
for the purchase of same, subject to the approval of
the General Committee. It shall liaise with the
Playing Section in the upkeep of the pavilion and
other facilities and services as may be necessary.
The Honorary Ground Secretary shall be a member of
(h) The Marketing and Sponsorship Committee shall be
responsible for all commercial aspects of
Tournaments, Matches and Sponsorship Contracts of
the Association. It shall handle Publicity and
Public Relations and shall liaise closely with
external agencies in Sri Lanka and Overseas.
(i) The Appeals Committee shall look into all
appeals made in to the Association by Members
directly or on behalf of their own members and by
any other individual or organisation. The appeal
shall be in respect of any decisions, orders,
instructions selections or other matters, made or
given, decided or laid down by the Association or
any individual, in respect of or in connection with
(j) The Standing Committees shall submit reports of
their activities, programmes of work, and decisions
to the Executive Committee for its information and
(a) Annual General Meeting –
The Annual General Meeting shall be held on a date
and at a place decided on by the General Committee
within three (3) months of the end of the financial
year. Nominations of representatives shall be called
at least six (6) weeks before the Annual General
Meeting and the names of the duly nominated
representatives shall be submitted at least twenty
eight (28) days before the Annual General Meeting.
The names of the representatives accepted by the
Association shall be circulated to the members at
least twenty one (21) days before the General
Meeting. At least thirty (30) days notice shall be
given to all members with audited statement of
accounts, annual report and list of members eligible
to be represented and vote, with the number of
representatives of each member. The notice shall
also call for nominations of Office Bearers and
Committee Members in terms of Rules 12 and 14. The
nominations so received shall be notified to the
members at least seven (7) days before the Annual
The business to be conducted at the Annual General
Meeting shall be as follows:
i. Confirm Minutes of the previous Annual General
Meeting and any other special or extra-ordinary
General Meeting held since the last Annual General
ii. Consider and adopt the Annual Report of the
General Committee to be tabled by the Honorary
iii. Consider and adopt the audited accounts for the
previous financial year to be tabled by the Honorary
iv. Elect Vice Patrons.
v. Elect Office Bearers
vi. Elect General Committee Members
vii. Appoint Auditors
viii. Any other business of which notice has been
given to the Honorary Secretary at least fourteen
(14) days before the date of meeting.
(b) Extraordinary General Meeting –
An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association
for any special purpose may be called at any time by
the General Committee or on the written requisition
of not less than 10 Members of the Association being
sent to the Honorary Secretary. The Honorary
Secretary shall give fourteen days notice of such
meeting and shall specify the purpose for which it
is called. No other business shall be transacted at
such a meeting.
Elections and decisions at General Meetings of the
Association shall be by open vote and the details by
name of voting shall be recorded in the minutes of
(c) General Committee Meeting –
The General Committee shall meet at least every
alternative month during the year. Ten days notice
shall be given.
(d) Extraordinary Genera Committee Meeting –
The General Committee shall also be convened by the
Honorary Secretary by the direction of the President
or at the request in writing of nine (9) members of
the Committee, who shall specify the business to be
transacted at such meeting. Ten days notice of such
meeting shall be given in writing to all Members of
(e) Emergency General Committee Meeting
The Honorary Secretary shall also convene at the
request of the President any Emergency Meeting of
the General Committee giving as much notice to the
members as circumstances would permit and specify
the business to be transacted at such meeting.
(f) Standing Committee Meeting
A Standing Committee, in view of the nature of its
duties shall meet as and when required by the
Honorary Secretary of the Standing Committee who as
far as possible should make every attempt to give at
lease three (3) days notice of such meetings.
(g) Attendance at Committee Meeting
Any Member who fails to attend three (3) consecutive
meetings of any committee without excuse, shall
automatically cease to be a member of that
committee, and the member shall be informed. He
shall however be eligible for re-election, provided
he has not withdrawn his nomination as a
Any member who fails to attend four consecutive
meetings or six in all, of any Committee, shall
automatically cease to be a member of that Committee
and shall not be eligible for re-election for two
years. An exception however may be made in the case
of a Committee Member who is absent from the country
or who may satisfactorily explain his absence to the
A tabular summary of the attendance of all members
at all Committee Meetings shall be kept by the
Secretary of each Committee.
The quorum of any General Meeting shall be fifteen
(15) Members, for a General Committee Meeting, nine
(9) members for an Executive Committee Meeting six
(6) members for a Standing Committee Meeting four
20. Resolutions, Motions, New Rules
Or Amendments of Existing Rules
(a) A resolution, a motion, a new rule, or an
amendment to a rule passed at a General Meeting,
cannot be altered or rescinded unless at a General
Meeting by at least three fourths of those present
voting in favour.
(b) Notice of every new resolution, motion, rule or
amendment of an existing rule shall in all cases be
sent to the Honorary Secretary by the proposer at
least fourteen (14) days prior to the said meeting.
This shall be notified to the members at least 7
days prior to the meeting.
(c) Any resolution, motion, new rules or amendment
of an existing rule that has been rejected at a
General Meeting, shall not be re-introduced for one
(d) The Constitution and subsequent amendments
thereto shall be subject to the approval of the
21. Procedure for Election of Members
(a) Any Club or Organization seeking election as a
member of the Association, shall obtain an
application form for membership which shall be
filled up and duly signed by the President and
Secretary or the two principal officers and
submitted to the Association with the entrance fee,
the annual subscription, date of formation,
certified copy of Constitution, certified copies of
Annual General Meeting Minutes and audited accounts
of three previous years, names and addresses of
office bearers and committee members with the number
of playing members or affiliates. Each application
for membership should be proposed and seconded by
the principal officers of two (2) Members. The
application will then be considered by the
Membership Committee who may lay down conditions
which shall apply to applicants for membership and
be submitted for election to the General Committee.
If membership is refused, the entrance fees and
subscription paid shall be returned. No application
which has been refused shall be considered again
till one year has lapsed.
(b) The Association shall have the power to cancel
the membership of any of its members.
22. Procedures for Election of Associates and
Any person seeking election as an Associate or Life
Associate shall obtain an application for associate
ship form which shall be duly filled and signed by
the applicant and submitted to the Association with
the entrance fee and the annual subscription. Each
application for associate ship should be proposed
and seconded by two Associates. The application will
then be considered by the Membership Committee who
may lay down conditions which shall apply to
applicants for Associate ship. If Associate ship is
refused, the entrance fees and subscriptions paid
shall be returned. No application which has been
refused shall be considered again till one year has
Any member or Associate my resign from the
Association by written notice to the Honorary
Secretary before the end of any particular year and
shall have the right to re-apply for Membership or
Associate ship at any future time without the
payment of any entrance fee.
(a) Any member failing to pay its annual
subscription for a particular year on or before 31st
March of that year, shall not be entitled to have
its representative or representatives accepted by
the Association. Such Member shall also be deemed to
have resigned through default if the subscriptions
continue to be in arrears, at the discretion of the
particular Standing Committee.
(b) Any Associate failing to pay his annual
subscription on or before 31st March, shall be
deemed to have resigned through default.
(c) Any Member or Associate deemed to have resigned
through default, may re-join on the payment of all
arrears or such other sum as may be decided by the
(d) Any Associate who shall have been out of the
country for one or more calendar years may continue
his Associate ship on his return by the payment of
Rs.10/- for each year so absent, without payment of
any re-entrance fee.
25. Election of Auditors
The Auditors shall be elected at the Annual General
26. Playing Section
(a) There shall be a Playing Section of the
Association. Only Associates, Life Associates and
Honorary Life Associates of the Association may be
members of the Playing Section. Any person ceasing
to be such an Association of the Association shall
also cease to be a member of the Playing Section.
(b) The Playing Section shall have its own Rules and
Regulations which should be approved by the General
Committee of the Association. No amendments or
alterations will be valid unless approved by the
(c) The Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and
Ground Secretary of the Association shall be
ex-officio members of the Committee of the Playing
(d) Those Tennis Courts, on land leased to the
Association by the Colombo Municipality, and the
section of the Pavilion made available to the
Playing Section, shall all be maintained in good
condition, by the Playing Section.
(e) The Association shall pay the lease rent and
taxes due from the Association for the premises to
the Colombo Municipality.
The Playing Section shall share the cost of lease
rent and taxes, cost of maintenance and running of
the ‘Club' and Tennis Courts on a mutually
acceptable basis, with the Association. If any
dispute arises in determining the proportions in
which the costs are to be shared, the dispute shall
be referred to a panel of two arbitrators. Each
party to the dispute shall nominate an arbitrator
who should not be an Associate or representative of
a Member. They Playing Section shall be responsible
for the premises and property of the Association
entrusted to it.
The Playing Section shall also discharge all
liabilities and indemnify the Association against
any liabilities of the Playing Section.
(f) The General Committee shall have the right to
the use of the Tennis Courts and Pavilion for any
Championship, Tournaments, Davis Cup matches, other
matches, trials and practices, meetings and other
activities with due notice to the Playing Section.
(g) The Playing Section shall hold a General Meeting
of its members at least once a year before 30th
September and submit their accounts audited and
adopted at such General Meeting, for adoption at the
Annual General Meeting of the Association.
(h) The Playing Section shall be deemed to be a
Member of the Association for the purpose of Rules 6
(i) The General Committee shall have the power to
summon a General Meeting of the Members of the
Playing Section if it is satisfied that the
provisions set out in this rule have not been
adhered to and shall have power to direct members to
elect office bearers who shall thereafter be the
duly elected office bearers of the Playing Section.
27. Tours Abroad
(a) Officials for tours of Board teams shall be
appointed by the Executive Committee of the Board.
(b) The players shall not give any interviews to the
Press and they shall not make any public statements
about tennis or tennis players or any matter
relating to the tour. The Manager and Captain may
however, jointly grant interviews to the Press, but
these should preferably be of a general nature and
on no account take the form of a written article.
This rule shall apply from the date of their
selection until the Manager's report is accepted by
the Executive Committee and shall include the
writing of a book. The consent of the Executive
Committee of the Board shall first be obtained,
should it be necessary to deviate frm any of the
above. Prior to the commencement of a tour on the
President or Hony. Secretary may communicate with
the Press on behalf of the Board, on matters
relating to the tour.
(c) Whilst on tour the selection of the team shall
be done by the Manager, Captain and Vice Captain.
Players and officials accompanying the team shall be
subject to the general control and authority of the
Manager, who shall have the power to take
disciplinary action as he considers necessary
against any player or official including the
ordering of such player or official to return to Sri
Lanka immediately, or suspending him for such period
as he thinks fit.
(d) The Manager shall if necessary or if so
requested by te Board's Executive Committee submit a
confidential report on any incident on the tour or
the performance or any player or players on the tour
and this shall be available to the President who may
if he thinks necessary, submit same to the Executive
Committee for appropriate action.
(e) The Manager shall and the Captain may within one
month or their return to Sri Lanka submit a report
on the tour relating to :-
2. Conduct of Players.
(f) The Manager shall in addition to his report,
submit to the Hony. Treasurer a statement of
accounts with receipts, wherever possible, in
support of all payments made by him within a
fortnight of his return to Sri Lanka.
(g) The itinerary for the tour should be obtained
and agreed upon by the Executive Committee before a
team leaves Sri Lanka. Except in exceptional
circumstances there shall be no deviation from the
itinerary once it has been approved by the Executive
(h) No Association or Tennis Club in Sri Lanka shall
organise tours outside Sri Lanka or invite foreign
teams to Sri Lanka, without prior sanction or the
Executive Committee of the Board.
(a) In addition to matters specifically referred to
in any other rule herein, it shall be misconduct if
any Association, Club or Member thereof or any
official or player is proved to the satisfaction of
the Executive Committee of the Board to have done or
permitted or assisted in doing or permitted to to
have attempted any of the following:
(1) Violations of the laws of the game or rules,
regulations or by-laws laid down by the Board or its
(2) Any action or conduct whatsoever which is
against the interest, objects or purposes of the
Board or is calculated to obstruct, hinder or render
ineffective any decision or act of the Board or any
(b) It shall also be misconduct if any player or
official acts or behaves in such a manner as to
bring disrepute to the game or contrary to the
spirit of the game or in any unsportsmanlike manner
on or off the field of play in relation to any
tennis match or tournament sponsored, recognised or
conducted by the Board or its Tournament Committee.
(c) Upon any misconduct being proved to the
satisfaction of the Executive Committee of the
Association, the Executive Committee shall have the
power to order the offending player or official,
Association or Club;
i) To be suspended from Tennis, Tennis Management or
representation and / or from the membership of the
Association either ‘sine die' or for a stated term.
ii) The Association's Executive Committee or any
Committee of inquiry appointed by the Executive
Committee may either on its own or consequent on
complaint or representation made or information
given to it, summon:
- Any Association or member club or school affiliate
thereto or any club or player, member office-bearer
or representative thereof or
- Any player or member of any Association member
club or school or
- Any Official or Umpire.
(d) Should any Association, Club or person so
summoned refuse or neglect to appear without
reasonable excuse or :-
i) fail or refuse to answer truthfully any relevant
question put to it or him or
ii) Willfully give false, incorrect or misleading
answers to such questions, such as Association or
member club, member school affiliated thereto or
such club, member school affiliated thereto or such
club, player or member, office-bearer or
representative thereof or such person as the case
Shall be deemed to be guilty or misconduct and be
liable to be dealt with as laid down in sub-clause
(e) Every Association and Club, which continues to
be a member of SLTA shall be bound to accept,
observe and implement any decision of SLTA which
concerns or involves such Association or Club or any
member club or member or member school or individual
member or player, office-bearer or representative
thereof and shall be bound to ensure that its member
clubs or member schools or individual members or
players, office-bearers or representatives, as the
case may be, likewise accept observe and act in
conformity with such decisions