At the beginning of the debate, the Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella questioned this.
In reply the Speaker informed the Parliament that Minister Namal Rajapaksa had not informed the parliament of his absence.
He said he is aware that Namal Rajapaksa is ill and did not know if he would attend the parliament.
Afterwards, Opposition MP Thushara Indunil addressed the parliament shortly before lunch and asked where Minister Namal Rajapaksa was as he has few comments to be made on sport and it should be done before the Minister of Sports.
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Namal's discussion with Sala Bin
However, Namal Rajapaksa has added a post on his Facebook page last night stating that he had a discussion with Qatar's Minister of Culture and Sports, Salah bin Ghanim Al Ali.
Rajapaksa has also thanked Ali for his encouraging remarks and said he hoped to strengthen bilateral relations, exchange experiences and knowledge and strengthen human relations.