Ban big matches: Prelates

2017-02-20 12:35:29

A group of leading Buddhist Monks today called for the ban of school big matches saying that the matches acted like a platform for promotion of alcohol among students leading deterioration of social values.

Addressing a news conference held at the Government Information Department, Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera, the Founder of the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation, said that the big matches should be banned in the name of morality.

“The Principals and authorities, including past students should take the responsibility and ban these matches. If not, the law enforcement authorities should ban them. Big matches and related events had become public nuisance today. Students consume alcohol and then damage public properties,” the Thera said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 42

  • Dr. Watson Monday, 20 February 2017 14:14

    Ban pageants where elephants are paraded in fancy dress. This the root of animal cruelty in the name of culture.

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    das Monday, 20 February 2017 15:00

    Very true

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    RDF Monday, 20 February 2017 19:17

    Shows the narrow minded and ill logic of these prelates.

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    RDF Monday, 20 February 2017 19:19

    Could you please BAN the Bodubala senawa. Preach what you practice.

    Reply : 8       75

    SL Monday, 20 February 2017 14:20

    Banning big matches will be like " හිසේ රුදාවට කොට්ටය මාරු කරනව වගේ " . kids needs sports and they needs to be disciplined

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    Piranha Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:18

    Well said

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    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 20 February 2017 14:25

    If so, with the increase of accidents on the road can we ban all motorized vehicles and go back to bullock carts? If the issue is alcohol consumption in big matches, then alcohol needs banned in the grounds of school matches and if a child (minor) is found intoxicated, then the Police can inform the school and parents and take action through Child Protection Act. These existing laws need strengthening without stating poor quality ideas such as banning big matches.

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    Citizen kane Monday, 20 February 2017 17:45

    Absolutely, we are not interested in addressing the root cause or fighting the wrong doing. Just looking at quick fixes to problems.

    Reply : 1       55

    KJ Monday, 20 February 2017 14:25

    Aneh hamuduruvoo...

    Reply : 1       65

    Dayawathie Monday, 20 February 2017 14:31

    Banning big matches is not the way to go. The match celebration should be limited to the grounds and not in other public places. The Hon. Priest is correct in saying that big matches have become a public nuisance. It is not necessary to have motor cycle/car parades on the streets.

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    Bala Monday, 20 February 2017 15:33

    Let us think straight - a few road shows is fun and does not block roads. It is those political and other protets that block the streets and choke traffic that should be banned. Kids need fun and some outlet for their exuberance during ages 14-17 - otherwise they find more dangerous outlets..

    Reply : 0       62

    kondaya77 Monday, 20 February 2017 22:59

    Very true,celebrations should be restricted to the grounds.

    Reply : 6       16

    annoyed Monday, 20 February 2017 14:31

    Banning sports is not the answer for deteriorating moral values of the society. Clergy in all religions have failed in thier part too.

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    Ajith Monday, 20 February 2017 14:36

    If school children are consuming alcohol during big matches, have random checks and punish the culprits. We are all aware that some boys misbehave. But majority in majority of the schools are not. Why punish them? We have to be practical and fair in our recommendations and decisions.

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    wimalta saima cut we la Monday, 20 February 2017 15:23

    why dont the clergy talk about protest on public road s...let them protest in parks and grounds...moreover they are a hindrance to productivity....those involved are jobless parasites which are fed by taxpayers or parents.... via DM Android App

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    mokan Monday, 20 February 2017 15:52

    Guys , Please don't shoot me for telling this.Can't the priests/monks stick to the religion not get into Politics.

    Reply : 2       75

    Pf Monday, 20 February 2017 16:26

    Never ban the sports evants.Ban alcohol consuming during the big match period by the school children.Have random checks by authorities and if foundpunish them. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       28

    sigiriya Monday, 20 February 2017 17:20

    There is some sense in what these 'Prelates' are saying!

    Reply : 53       3

    Kadiya Monday, 20 February 2017 19:30

    ...and it's called NONSENSE!!!

    Reply : 4       32

    S-lon Monday, 20 February 2017 19:43

    Yes, nonsense.

    Reply : 1       28

    Gamarala Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:27

    Sigiriya my advise to you is to jump into the nearest well. Good riddence.

    Reply : 0       4

    nanda Monday, 20 February 2017 17:29

    very TRUE. he is one of few policy advisors of our country towards the prosperity . Brainy

    Reply : 44       1

    De Silva Monday, 20 February 2017 17:34

    You have to first ban monks participating in demonstrations

    Reply : 3       62

    Kadiya Monday, 20 February 2017 19:35

    And politics!

    Reply : 0       33

    TONY Monday, 20 February 2017 17:48


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    TONY Monday, 20 February 2017 17:50


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    Jans Monday, 20 February 2017 17:52

    Stage Protests all over the ROADS give people Troubles Please dont interfere with Big Matches that will taken care by our Brave Police via DM Android App

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    Shelly. Monday, 20 February 2017 19:50

    Students misbehavier cannot be condoned. But apey HAAMUDURUWANE likewise give your valuable anusaasana to those who block roads making us suffer immensely in the name of sending messages to Govt. via DM Android App

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    Dr. Goonathilake Monday, 20 February 2017 19:57

    Consult the GMOA for a solution to this problem . via DM Android App

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    Nana Monday, 20 February 2017 20:07

    his should have been done 10 years back. Big Matches is the main culprit for student uncontrol, except for Tution classes. Students cant be controlled by by both Principals, teachers and patents due to Big Matches are "Well accepted". What does these serve ? Many boys start during during Big matches.. Are the BIG MATCHES secretly sponsored by Alcohol Companies and Cigarette Companies ??

    Reply : 26       3

    Asoka Monday, 20 February 2017 20:19

    Then what about monks take part in protest marches putting road users in inconveniences...first set an example, then advice...

    Reply : 2       30

    KaluSudha Monday, 20 February 2017 21:58

    Ban A Vs N.They are the thugs who fought last week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ceylon Monday, 20 February 2017 22:09

    not to ban matchessban right if ban buddhism because mo ks are anty buddhist corrupt . via DM Android App

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    PREACH the DHAMMA Monday, 20 February 2017 22:29

    Hope the priests read these comments and realise that they better stick to preaching the religion of lord Buddha . AND not resort to such :pronouncements.

    Reply : 1       17

    Bubble Banda Monday, 20 February 2017 22:31

    For the first instance, monks should not interfere in Politics

    Reply : 1       19

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 20 February 2017 22:33

    School boys are more wiser than these so-called monks who commits sins behind the curtain.

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    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 20 February 2017 22:36

    In a way, we should obey the teachers (monks) but at the same time, they should not make mistakes and it will be a triumph card for the youngsters.

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    Ali Hoo Kai Monday, 20 February 2017 22:37

    Stop all bars and liquor shops islandwide, before banning big matches! Dont we have other alcoholic/casino/drug related issues placing families in dilemma in the country? What about day light murders? Lets be proud as Sri Lankans that if i am not mistaken-the oldest cricket match in the world is the Royal Thomian also uninterrupted for 138 years including during the world wars. So is this monk trying stop that? and other big matches in general? How many big matches have produced quality cricketers from Ananda/Nalanda? I cannot count cos there are many!!Oh the protests? Are they going to take the streets??These robe men are just losing it.

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    Irsh Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:34

    Well said sir!

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    srilal Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:20

    people living in glass houses should not throw stones

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    Don Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:25

    Don't ban the matches but ban alcohol. They only check at the entrance but once smuggled in anybody can drink freely. The police must check inside through out the game and check drivers for drunk driving after the game.

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    Lalith Sunday, 26 February 2017 08:38

    Ban all Mercedes Benz cars as they are so big a contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Then these people can start walking and loose some weight in the process too.

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