Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe charged that it was the actions of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka that had resulted in a ban being imposed on Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR).
“The NOCSL unnecessarily wrote to International Olympic Committee claiming that there was undue political influence on the administration of Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR),” he said.
“They have no right or reason to have written such a communication. Their duty is to take up any issues they have with the sports minister first, which they blatantly ignored. It is because of this that we have been banned by World Rugby (WR),” he said.
“They need to take responsibility for this.”
Officials from WR and Asia Rugby (AR) arrived in the island to discuss the way forward for SLR after it was banned, and they are expected to meet District and Provincial Associations as part of their fact-finding mission.
“WR and AR have stated that some of the associations can be considered as ‘paper-clubs’ and therefore they will meet coaches and other stakeholders to look into this,” the Minister added.
The Minister also said that he will ensure that Sri Lanka’s Men’s and Women’s rugby teams will participate in the upcoming Asian Games, and the ban would not hinder that.
“I believe that after this fact finding mission, the ban that has been placed on SLR will be lifted in due course,” Ranasinghe added.
“All these issues are simply because of the actions of the NOCSL,” the minister reiterated. (Susil Premalal)
Prior to this no such things happened under previous Sports Ministers. as they didn't unnecessarily interfere with Sports Bodies just to show off power !
Previous Ministers were all pre-aragalaya interferers Wednesday, 05 July 2023 10:58 PM
They all interfered, but since the days of the aragalaya any act (not allowed) interference will be loudly publicised. Most of the country does not care or want the current Ministers, and the current fellow is trying to interfere in the legal proceeding of Danushka G.
Minister trying to hide about the political interference Wednesday, 05 July 2023 10:19 PM
Now Minister is trying to do political interference on the National Olympic Committee.
Minister makes public the sport is corrupt and most are in it for the money Wednesday, 05 July 2023 11:10 PM
Minister speaks of cleaning up the sport, as like most sport's bodies in the country Football is also thoroughly corrupted. He speaks of cleaning it up, and that most involved are first and foremost in it for the money there at least he speaks completely without hiding anything and truthfully. Rest he says he will speak up about later.
Rishan Thursday, 06 July 2023 05:01 AM
SLR includes an elected body from an election. NOCSL work with SLR. With that situation why minister nominated some 3rd party members to run rugby instead if SLR. It clearly shows minister does not wants to work with SLR for some reason. This clearly highlights political interference to Rugby. In fact let SLR runs the rugby matters .....
Moh Sleiman Thursday, 06 July 2023 06:45 AM
NAMAL RAJAPAKSHA is the main cause for Rugby disaster.As long as their is no POLITICAL INTERFEARANCE and CORRUPT OFFICIALS ,We will be a Succesful Sporting COUNTRY.
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