The SLBA's image has grown increasingly tarnished of late due to corruption allegations and leadership struggles. The organisation had been told that it needed to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) before June 30 and begin the process of changing its constitution to bring it in line with BWF regulations. However, this deadline was not met, with the AGM now set for July 27. As a result, the BWF have suspended the SLBA.
"The SLBA Constitution does not meet the criteria for ongoing membership of the BWF under Clause 8.3 and 8.10 of the BWF Constitution," the BWF said on their official website. "Additionally, BWF has determined the autonomy of the SLBA is being compromised through the application of government sports regulations and sports laws and this is contrary to the requirements under Clause 5.2 and 5.3 of the BWF Constitution."
The suspension, which comes after 18 months of talks between both parties, means that all Sri Lankan players will be banned from participating in any BWF sanctioned event. In addition to this, the SLBA will no longer be allowed to attend any BWF general meetings.