British ruggerite dies in Colombo, another hospitalized

2018-05-14 11:44:18

A British Rugby player, who was in Sri Lanka to attend a friendly Rugby match died due to breathing difficulties on Sunday, while another was hospitalized , Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.

He said a British team comprising of 22 members, including the manager of the team had arrived in Sri Lanka on May 10 to participate in a friendly match played at a ground in Colombo on Saturday (May 12).

They were staying at a hotel in Colombo.

SP Gunasekera said following the conclusion of the friendly match, the British players had attended a dinner reception at the sports complex, where they played the match.
The players had then returned to the hotel at around 10.30 p.m. and left for a night club in Kollupitiya.

The Police Spokesman said the players had returned to the hotel from the night club in small groups at different times.

He said two players, who arrived at the Hotel by early Sunday morning from the night club were admitted to a private hospital in Colombo by the hotel management due to breathing difficulties.  

“A 26-year-old player died while undergoing treatment at the hospital on Sunday afternoon, while a 27-year-old player is undergoing treatment,” he said.

The Fort Police is investigating the incident.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 19

  • Unchikun Monday, 14 May 2018 12:13

    Fishy! Visit to a night club and got breathing difficulties. This points to a drug. Raid the club and the regulars.

    Reply : 2       138

    Sunil Monday, 14 May 2018 17:44

    Investigate the club in Kollupitiya and shut it down... check if they drugged these individuals to rob them or exploit them in any way.

    Reply : 1       35

    Lara Monday, 14 May 2018 12:19

    Time to re-think development strategies imported from other countries. If we continue like this we will have an atmosphere that is worst than in Mumbai.

    Reply : 50       48

    ANTON Monday, 14 May 2018 12:34


    Reply : 10       79

    Jan Monday, 14 May 2018 17:58

    Are tourist only suddas?

    Reply : 22       8

    ravin Monday, 14 May 2018 12:42

    food poisoning? illicit drug over doses? alcohol? natural causes?

    Reply : 4       72

    Ceylon Monday, 14 May 2018 13:03

    Rugerite?.similer to thajudeen case?.where is namal,yoshita?.

    Reply : 67       58

    johan Monday, 14 May 2018 14:31

    Why mysterious death of Ruggerites in Sri Lanka.What happened to Thajudeen's case? three years finished files are under carpet because of VIP culprits

    Reply : 19       57

    Sujeewa Monday, 14 May 2018 20:14

    You are absolutely correct and another typical Sri Lankan. Put the blame to Rajapaksa Family. In trying to demolish ONE FAMILY, we still have not learnt a lesson.

    Reply : 26       24

    Haramanis Monday, 14 May 2018 21:37

    But Sujeewa, that is the ONE family that brought us all to this mess.

    Reply : 18       30

    Srilankan Monday, 14 May 2018 13:40

    Seems tragic sad news. Drinks coupled with drugs and energy drinks can cause such sudden deaths. Please check all possible options

    Reply : 1       89

    mnsmart Monday, 14 May 2018 16:59

    May be "adhika wegayen dawanaya kireema nisa" like in many police cases

    Reply : 0       8

    Jil Jil Monday, 14 May 2018 17:47

    Police needs to pull out CCTV footage's of the said club , and find out who they were with

    Reply : 0       20

    Hemantha Monday, 14 May 2018 17:49

    Blame is on individual who lost his life. Why only he died while rest of the others survived? Something wrong with his fitness. No any criticism over the night club or this little island plz....

    Reply : 25       4

    Jehan Monday, 14 May 2018 18:05

    Luckily Rajapakshes are in the opposition. Otherwise we know the stories that would go around.

    Reply : 12       20

    Sara Monday, 14 May 2018 18:08

    Ask John Bass what treatment to give these guys in such conditions.

    Reply : 5       15

    Hassanda Monday, 14 May 2018 21:37

    Wat about the Fijian RuggeriteIncident at the Casino 15 years ago

    Reply : 5       9

    Modaya Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:16

    What about Killing PNG ruggerite Joel Pera by son of

    Reply : 1       0

    Sangaralingham Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:05

    Saddened by the death of two young men visiting the country. Is it a case of anaphylactic reaction

    Reply : 0       6

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