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I told to stop the Royal-Thomian match: President

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Commenting on the Royal-Thomian cricket encounter, where a First Officer of SriLankan Airlines who was found positive for the virus has attended, President Rajapaksa today said he asked the organisers not to go ahead with the cricket match.

He said a decision was taken to suspend the big match between the two schools but he allowed it to continue following the requests of the students and the school administration. “They insisted to go ahead with the match,” he said.

“The result was a virus infected First Officer of SriLankan Airlines attending the cricket encounter. Today, some of the SriLankan Airlines staff members have been asked to undergo the self-quarantine process,” he said.

  Comments - 22

  • Mohamed Zulfi Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:35 PM

    Your Excellency Sir, You are the Executive President and with all the power to stop it. You should have done it for the sake of our country. ZULU

    Scooby Doo Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:42 PM

    What do you mean Mr. President? Are you joking? Being a President if you cannot stop it, whats the use. Totally disappointed.

    Bhavan Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:47 PM

    All these precautions should have been done at least two weeks before. It’s too late Mr President

    sajith dasa prema Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:48 PM

    Although going or gone to royal the brains are not royal

    K varatha Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:51 PM

    Warden and head of royal college must be arrested

    Dissapointed Tuesday, 17 March 2020 07:51 PM

    ohoma gon excuse dei kiyala dnnw nm api hitan wama ayeth oya putuwe thiyanawane.

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 17 March 2020 08:00 PM

    The organising committee is immoral and has NO respect towards rest of the society and the country..... it is a shame that we have people of this low calibre and should be forced to apologise to the entire country !

    Ruvin Tuesday, 17 March 2020 08:04 PM

    Sir, you should have imposed it. There should not have been a request. One of the schools in question is the bane of our country. They have produced so many leaders, who have taken this country backwards. Not forward. This is just one MORE example.

    Kapila Senaratne Tuesday, 17 March 2020 08:07 PM

    Looks like they don’t care about your suggestions or options. Hard to believe. Any way will take your word. All Srilankans knows you are striker person. I respect you.

    DillonDP Tuesday, 17 March 2020 08:20 PM

    Oh I see... So you decide to give the epidemic a second seat over roytho and putting people's life at risk

    Jayaratne Tuesday, 17 March 2020 08:43 PM

    You are such a failure. Do we have to put up with you another four and half years.

    Mm Tuesday, 17 March 2020 09:02 PM

    Other things you order this you “told”

    Francis Tuesday, 17 March 2020 09:16 PM

    School administration seems stronger than the President of the country who could not give and order and tell the forces to seal the ground. The result is precarious and posing real danger to the entire country. Heads of the two school should be charged like how Pujith and Hemasiti are being charged for negligence

    Asa Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:02 PM

    Well sorry Mr President, your answer can't accepted. We elect you as a president, who can take initiative and action. It doesn't matter whether it's right or wrong. What matters is the initiative. However we experience in past regimes comments " we told but they haven't done " pls don't follow the same. We have high regard for you . I strongly believe you're the only one who can change the gears.

    SOLDIER Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:07 PM


    Wipula Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:08 PM

    The principals of these two schools and organisers of this big match should be taken into custody at once and prosecuted under the provisions of the relevant legislative enactments for aiding and abetting to spread this deaday covid 19.They have not taken the seriousness of this disease into their consideration.They have put lives of innocent students and General Public at great risk.

    BE FAIR Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:09 PM

    Well, you should have "ORDERED" them to stop the match.

    Jayampathi Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:14 AM

    But most of the low profiles "Big Matches" accepted your request. These so-called big schools are so irresponsible. Although you put the blame on schools and parents, I am 100% sure most of the requests may have come to you through the politicians around you. The number of big shots from govt. and opposition was in the ground.

    P Palugaswewa Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:18 AM

    Mr.President,who had the powers to overrule your order? Was it Namal / Yoshitha who wanted to go ahead with the big match? Because the similar thing happened sometime back when Namal conducted car racing performance overruling Mahaanaayaka thros request.

    Neil Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:31 AM

    It is the responsibility of the two principals and not Gota. That's why the principals are there for. This is typical of Sri Lankans to blame the government for every thing.

    Girty Gamage Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:38 PM

    Are the two principals more powerful than the president of the country? I think all 3 are to be blamed. Utterly irresponsible. All big matches should be banned

    priya Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:22 PM

    Most of the big people at our organization also egoistic and swollen headed chiefs.Their behaviours also contributed for the COVID -19 sprading across the Island

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