Lack of funds leave U20 tour in tatters

30 July 2019 10:24 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

By Harsha Amarasinghe

Sri Lanka Under 20 rugby team faces the prospects of being unable to take part in the Asian Rugby 7’s Championship due to financial reasons.

A Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) official stated that they are facing some financial difficulties in sending the team to the tournament due to lack of funds from Ministry of Sports.

“This is a matter that we have been discussing with the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) and Ministry of Sports from last year. We requested the SLSRFA to come up with a plan and a budget so that we would work with that, but unfortunately as it stands the team’s participation is highly doubtful,” the SLR official said.

Many felt that Harin Fernando’s appointment as the Sports Minister would bring back the glory days for country’s rugby considering his love for St. Joseph’s College Rugby, but unfortunately Sri Lanka now find themselves in a situation where they may not be able to send Under 20 rugby team to defend the title that they won under the captaincy of Kevin Dixon few years ago.

“To be very honest the Minister has shown great interest in taking the game forward and there is a plan in place mapping out the plans and preparations until 2022, but the problem is whether that plan could help this tour,” added the official.

Daily Mirror also understands that a meeting between the representatives of Sports Ministry and SLR is due to take part today (30) in order to discuss this issue.

  Comments - 0


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




“The interim government should operate for one year”- Champika Ranawaka

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Patali Champika Ranawaka in an interview with

Constitutional Reform for ‘System Change’

A peaceful democratic ‘revolution’ is sweeping across Sri Lanka. It is a

Linus Jayatilake (Sept. 1942 - May 2022): A Comrade of all Working PeopLe

I first met Linus Jayatilake about a decade ago as some of us began engaging

Sri Lanka – In Lee Kuan Yew’s words

Lee Kuan Yew’s views about Sri Lanka have been published in three books, th