Amid protests over the alleged brutal killing of slain LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran’s son, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday called off the 20th Asian Athletics Championships scheduled to be held Chennai in July, saying Sri Lankan players have no place in the State.
Ms. Jayalalithaa said her government had written to the Asian Athletics Association in Singapore seeking that Sri Lankan team be desisted from participation considering the “sentiments” of the people in Tamil Nadu, as the Sri Lankan government was “repeatedly acting against the ethnic minorities”.
The decision comes a day after Ms. Jayalalithaa slammed the Sri Lankan government over the “inhuman act” of alleged cold blooded killing of 12-year-old Balachandran by the Sri Lankan Army, which has also evoked a strong condemnation from various political parties in Tamil Nadu including DMK.
The sporting body had been requested to intimate to the Sri Lankan government in the appropriate way the State government decision, Ms. Jayalalithaa said.
“It had been requested that they update us on the follow-up action with copies of the letter sent to Secretaries of Union External Affairs and Sports Ministries. But there has been no information from the Association so far.”
“Since there has been no favourable response from the Asian Athletics Association, my government will at no cost accept holding the event, in which Sri Lanka is also participating, in Tamil Nadu. Tamils also will never accept it,” she said in a statement.
The upcoming sporting event will not be conducted by Tamil Nadu government in any part of the State and the Association will be asked to hold it elsewhere, she said.
She reiterated her charge that the killing of Balachandran was “a grave war-crime which cannot be forgiven”. (PTI)
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jumboo Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:38 AM
hello expact did u forget that prabha killed so many kids so why nt.
lal Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:42 AM
Yes, only if the Tamils are wealthy and high caste. Low castes are not welcome in TN.
Disgusted Citizen Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:54 AM
Who said Margret Thatcher was the IRON LADY ?
chux Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:06 AM
Classic example jayalalitha inhuman & uneducated acts...she does not know sports is a universal language...
How can you talk about human rights....
MF Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:06 AM
The commitment to hold the games was given by The Government of India to hold the Athletic Championships in a province of their country and how come a leader of a Provincial Government overrule a Central Government decision ? Simply amazing... the sports body should take action against India on this. I am not discussing the political issue in question...
Ssab Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:15 AM
It is not new for the Tamil Nadu politicians to use the Srilankan Tamil issues for their own political gains.
Peramune Raala Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:16 AM
There were thousands of infants & children were brutally killed by Prabakaran. Why UN, US, EU, India are not interested abou those HR violation. Why Sri Lankan government cannot raise those HR violations done LTTE to international community.
shihan Thursday, 21 February 2013 07:36 AM
What is our high commissioner doing there? Why doesn't he diplomatically handle things?
SL_EXPATS Thursday, 21 February 2013 07:40 AM
Bodubalasena..over to you... instead of trying to raise racism.. Why dont you/we fight against this kind of issues...
jena Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:23 AM
mate,, What do you know about the killings of innocent civilians by Sri Lankan Army (i don't only mention the last stages of the war but the whole 30 years)? First you open youreyes..
MagodisThuma Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:31 PM
Now there are Bomb Blasts at your door step...mind it !
shanthapriya Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:29 AM
well said, Ajith.They rob our northern brothers fishing harvest while shedding crocodile tears on behalf of them.Shame on you, Mrs j
meranchi Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:41 PM
call back your loving tamil in to tamil nadu
Ben Hurling Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:44 PM
Issue a travel ban on Jaya. All others welcome.
new guy Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:40 AM
And here i wonder why is she still single!!!!!!
prasanth Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:46 PM
In IPL srilankan players will play in cheenai for sure.can she stop that?
Jude Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:43 PM
Majority of the tourists from India are working in paddy fields in sri lanka. This will be a another problem after some time.
poosa Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:45 PM
If the English speaking crowd who has internet access think that killing an unarmed child is OK becoz LTTE did the same, God help our country. No need to gauge the thoughts of the average Sinhala Buddhist villager which make up the majority
Nishantha Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:53 AM
This woman is rot iron...
Jagath Leanage Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:00 PM
Ask authorities to change the venue.
DeSelva Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:01 PM
Jaya Lalitha Jaya Weeva
Indian Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:04 PM
Nodrog Friday, 22 February 2013 12:53 PM
RampUK......surprisingly a true comment from you.
jimmy Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM
you are mad jaya. via DM Android App
tjeyar Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM
Sinhalese origins from Oriza,India.Please read history via DM Android App
Kondebandapucheena Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:04 AM
TN is different country it is not part of India
Dane Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:05 AM
Whatever said and done, Politics should not get in the way of Sports
arapra Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM
cats out of the bag...now we know who is behind Ltte..and its not only ltte who want seperate state... via DM Android App
maxa Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:12 AM
Who cares ? we are getting ready for next SUMMER OLYMPIC
Ajith Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:24 AM
Madam, Thank you very much for your concern about Sri Lankan Tamil people.... At the same time, if you are so concern, can you stop the robbing of our fishing harvest by your people. .... Because, otherwise it shows your double game...
sum Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:25 PM
no one from tn should be allowed here
mack Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM
jaya pls stop Being a hypocrite and start pressuring New Delhi to act against Govt of SL via DM Android App
Mason Thursday, 21 February 2013 01:42 PM
Lady don't play to the gallery. Keep politics out of sports. There will be severe repercussions if you do not do so. India will not be able to stand up to the onslaught.
Dalu banda Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:39 AM
What about if we send Tamils of indian origin, she would accept?
Aravinda Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:40 AM
Thsi is the worst kind of racism displayed by the pathetic Tamil Nadu politicians. They are just whipping up emotions of ignorant, uneducated tamils for their own advantage. In Sri lanka there are many Tamils from India doing buisness and engaged in in other activities. Should Sri Lanka do the same?
Ricky-Qat Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:36 AM
What this lady knows about the killings of the LTTE. They brutally murdered families in sinhalese villages including very small babies. One should not forget the mass killings they did through bomb blastings..Many sinhala, muslim, tamil mothers lost their loving kids as a result of these various mass killings of LTTE. So why should this lady just worry over perticular killing of Prabha's younger son?
Sumathy S Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:47 AM
raj Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:52 AM
Not only the "ignorant, uneducated tamils" but the "ignorant, uneducated Sinhalese" too. And Sri Lanka should put tavel advisory cautioning Sri Lankans from traveling to Tamil Nadu
Achcharu Friday, 22 February 2013 07:47 AM
Think first and foremost, TN would have the worst time if that was true
Mr.Bean Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:07 PM
Way to tame the wild Lion.
kumar Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:19 AM
You would have very bad time if that was true.
Nodrog Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:14 PM
They should let her speak more and more to expose her ignorance and stupidity.
Aruna Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM
Look who is talking. She was MGR's illegal wife. via DM Android App
ashok Thursday, 21 February 2013 02:17 PM
Majority of the tourists who come to Sri Lanka are from India…
RamUK Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:26 AM
U r right. she is a hypocrite...
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